Summer Office Hours

Church office hours for the months of July & August will be Monday through Thursday, 9 am-2 pm. Friday office hours will resume after Labor Day.



Congregational Meeting                                July 21

Church Council has recommended that Avery UMC adopt a congregational statement on inclusion, in order to make clear our desire that:

Avery United Methodist Church and its ministries shall always be open to persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, status, economical condition, sexual preference, or gender identification. 

Following worship on Sunday, July 21, we will have a congregational meeting for discussion, questions, and voting by written ballot to adopt or reject this statement as a church. All members and regular attendees will have voice and vote at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, you may submit a proxy vote to the church office by email or paper ballot.

Read the Statement




“YEE-HAW” Weekend VBS*
Dust off your boots, grab your cowboy hat, jump on your saddle and lasso the joy of the Lord’s Greatest Gift, his son Jesus! 
Friday July 12 & Saturday July 13, 5-8 pm
5-5:30 pm, “Buckaroo Chow-Time”
5:30-8 pm, “Wrangling Western Adventures”
(songs, games, crafts, fellowship)
Sunday, July 14
Worship Celebration 
Registration forms are available in the sanctuary.
Register online:
If you would like to volunteer for this summer’s VBS please stay after worship on Sunday, May 19. If this date doesn’t work for you, other arrangements can be made. VBS will occur on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 from 5-8 pm. Worship celebration will be held during Sunday morning service. Many thanks!


Pastor Erik is on Renewal Leave from July 22-Aug. 25.

This will be a time of spiritual renewal, prayer for Avery UMC, and study/sermon preparation. Please do not contact Pastor Erik during this time. If you need pastoral assistance, we have pastors on call, listed below. We will also have 3 guest preachers during this time who you won’t want to miss!

Pastors On-Call

July 21-27        Rev. Scott Lawrence, Greene Hills/Fairmount Charge UMC, 724-705-3511

July 28-Aug. 3  Rev. Dr. Drew Harvey, retired UM clergy, 724-747-5328

Aug. 4-10         Rev. Laura Saffell, Liberty/Amity Charge UMC,  907-315-8515

Aug. 11-17       Rev. Jeff Vanderhoff, Trinity UMC – McMurray,  814-322-5267

Aug. 18-25       Rev. Kelley Schanely, First UMC – Washington, 724-322-8929


Backups for all five weeks:      

Rev. Kelley Schanely, 724-322-8929

Rev. Dr. Drew Harvey, 724-747-5328


Pulpit Supply

July 28             Rev. Dr. Drew Harvey, retired UM clergy

Aug. 4              Rev. Dr. Drew Harvey, retired UM clergy

Aug. 11            Rev. Sandra Marsh-McClain, retired UM clergy

Aug. 18            Rev. Amy Wagner, Western PA Conference Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization

Aug. 25            Rev. Sandra Marsh-McClain, retired UM clergy





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