Weekly Announcements

Tuesday, February 7th our Trustees will meet at 6:00 pm and Church Council will meet at 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 9th  at 7:00 pm will be the final opportunity to have any questions answered or concerns addressed prior to the February 15th disaffiliation vote. The vote will take place on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend and vote. Please plan to arrive 7:05-7:10 pm to the glass elevator entrance and proceeded to the Narnia Room were you’ll will be checked in, then proceed upstairs. Let us know ASAP if you have any questions.}

Saturday, February 11th is our Game Night, all ages welcome! 6:00 pm in the Social Hall (bring a snack to share if you like)

This is the last week to order chocolate covered strawberries. $12/per dozen (payment due with order)–pick up on Valentine’s Day here at the church from 7:30-1:30 (please contact Pastor Brian to make other arrangements if this doesn’t work for you).

This Sunday is our SOUPER Bowl Sunday! We hope to fill the table in the Elevation Room with soups (and other non-perishables) for our February Food Pantry (donations can be dropped off during office hours as well).  

Weekly Announcements

Join us Sunday for our message “New Beginnings: The End of An Era.”  We will celebrate Holy Communion at both services (8:15/10:45 am).

Beginning this Sunday February 5th you can start bringing in soup (and other non-perishables) for our SOUPER Bowl Sunday.  There’s a table in the Elevation Room and you can use your donation to vote on the team you think will win the BIG GAME!  All donations will go to the February Food Bank here at 2nd Ave.  

Sunday February 12th will be the last day to turn in chocolate covered strawberry orders.  Forms are available in the sanctuary or by clicking here.  Payment is due with your order (please only exact change only or checks made payable to 2nd Ave UMC with “strawberries” in the memo).

**Reminder** The special church conference to vote on disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church will be held Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm. Please plan to arrive around 7:05 pm to get in line to be checked in and given your ballot. Please ONLY use the glass elevator entrance to enter the building for this meeting.  You will be checked in and handed a ballot and will then be able to proceed up to the sanctuary.  The only thing on the agenda is the vote. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, they need to be addressed prior to February 15th with a member of church council.  Below is a copy of the letter from church council that was sent out earlier in the week:

Disaffiliation Vote Letter


Our Church Conference to hold the disaffiliation vote was moved to Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm.

Order your chocolate covered strawberries!  $12/per dozen (money due at time of order) pick up on Valentine’s Day during office hours.  Forms are available in the sanctuary and can be emailed as well. The last day to order is February 12th.

Game Night, Saturday February 11th at 6:00 pm. All ages welcome

SOUPer Bowl Sunday: February 12th we will be collecting non perishable items in the Elevation Room. You will be able to choose who you think will win the BIG GAME!  (You can bring items in beginning February 5th)

Email from Pastor Brian


Last Sunday, January 15, it was announced at both services that Ad Council voted unanimously to hold a special Church Conference to vote on disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. As I’m writing this to you, I pray that we spend this time seeking the Holy Spirit’s wisdom for this decision. The church conference will be held on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.

My prayers are with you, Church, as you reflect, pray, dialogue, and eventually vote to disaffiliate or stay United Methodist. Walking through this process with you all the last few months, I cannot tell you how proud I am of you, Church, for your honesty, authenticity, wisdom, the good questions you asked, and your faithfulness during these days. The decision to hold the disaffiliation vote was not taken lightly by our Administrative Board. Personally reflecting on our leadership, I am proud of their hard work, prayer, discernment, participation in our three large church group meetings, and time spent reflecting on the survey data collected at the church meetings.

I plan to send a second letter next week detailing more specific details about the vote. Here are a few final points of consideration:

1) You must be a voting member by profession of faith or through transfer to vote on January 26. If there’s any doubt, please clarify your membership this week. The middle of next week will be too late. Please call the church office if you’re in any doubt about your membership.

2) Regarding our homebound members voting on January 26, our leadership team has sent that question to the conference leadership team, the conference leadership did respond that members need to be present to vote at the church on January 26. If you have questions about this please contact the District Office.

3) To have the disaffiliation vote pass, 2/3 of the votes tallied need to be in favor of disaffiliation for the vote to pass.

4) Second Ave. is committed to staying in our church building, the neighborhood surrounding it, and as a church, we are committed to keeping our staff and seeing their ministries grow. 

5) Please know, Church, I will be praying for you, especially during these days. Know that God has equipped you and prepared you for this moment.

Blessings, Pastor B


Join us Sunday as we continue our series “New Beginnings” with this week’s message God Is For You (Deuteronomy 2:1-23). Services are at 8:15/10:45 and can be streamed on YouTube as well (keep in mind this is mostly for hearing the speaking parts).

Jr. Church is in need of snacks and small waters.  You can order from their Amazon Wish List here and have items shipped directly to the church or use it for ideas.  Donations can be dropped off during office hours or on Sundays to the Jr. Church classroom.  Jr. Church serves approx. 25 kids each Sunday so your donations are greatly appreciated!  

We are currently taking orders for chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day pick up.  They are $12 per dozen, money is due with order (no later than Sun, 2/12) and all proceeds benefit the 20/20 Vision Fund here at 2nd Ave.  Forms are available on the round table in the sanctuary or can be emailed.  

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, January 26 – 7:30 pm – Special Church Conference to vote on disaffiliation
  • Friday, January 27 – 11:00 am – Food Pantry
  • Saturday, February 11 – Game Night here at the church. All are welcome
  • Look for the February Newsletter to be emailed out early next week!

The Future of 2nd Ave

As Pastor Brian announced yesterday at both services, Church Council has unanimously voted for there to be a vote to disaffiliate from the UMC. This vote is scheduled to happen on Thursday, January 26th at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.  (You can listen to his announcement using this link, it begins around the 1:30 mark of the recording YouTube link )

You must be a member (either joined the church or transferred your membership) to vote. If you are not sure of your status, please check ASAP by contacting me in the church office. (Just because you’ve attended church here for years, if you did not ever officially join the church, you would not be a voting member. Please contact Jill with any questions)

There needs to be a 66.6% vote to disaffiliate. If vote doesn’t reach the required 66.6%, we would remain in the UMC for now.  Please reach out to Pastor Brian or a member of church council for information on the vote

There are times available to speak with Pastor Brian prior to this vote, contact the office for days/times available)


We are taking chocolate covered strawberries orders for Valentine’s Day.  $12/per dozen, money due at time of order.  Forms are available on the round table in the sanctuary or by clicking here. (Check made to 2nd Ave UMC or exact cash only as we do not keep any cash on hand for change)

This Saturday, January 21st is our monthly soup & sandwich luncheon. All are welcome to this free and delicious meal! The luncheon is from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. We offer dine in or take out.

Please keep in mind we are always taking food pantry donations. Any non perishable items are welcome! Call the office to make arrangements during the week for drop off or bring donations on Sundays and place them on the stage in the social hall

The Food Pantry is open the last Friday each month. January’s Food Pantry will be open Friday, January 27th starting at 11:00 am. The Food Pantry is available for any Blair County residents in need.

Weekly Announcements

Blair Senior Services will be here with their Tai Chi program beginning again this week for any one 60+. The program is held on Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 10:30 pm in the Elevation Room.  There will also be a walking group from 10:45 am – 11:15 am held in the gym.  You are welcome to attend one or both of these programs.  Both programs are free of charge.

It’s a new year! Maybe you’ve made a resolution to try something new?  Our Praise Band is always looking for anyone who would like to share their musical gifts on Sunday mornings.  Please let us know if this is something you’re interested in!

Our Children’s Ministries and the ROCK continue to grow and grow, which means we are in need of more volunteers.  Please reach out to Ashley if you are interested in helping on Sunday mornings with nursery or on Wednesdays with the ROCK! email Ashley at ashleymiller1228@gmail.com

Bible Study is Thursday at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome

Chocolate covered strawberries will be available soon to order for Valentine’s Day.


Communion will be held this coming Sunday January, 8th at both services

This Sunday, following the 10:45 service, we will hold our last discussion meeting. We will be discussing the church’s future. The meeting will be held in the social hall.  Please contact Pastor Brian with any questions.

The nursery is in need of several volunteers so we staff the nursery for the rest of January.  Currently the 15th and 29th will not be staffed.  Please reach out to Ashley if you can help.

Church Meeting Reminder

As we begin the new year it is my prayer that you take time to reflect and thank God for all that He has done for us. This upcoming Sunday, January 8 our final meeting about the future of our church will be held beginning at 12:15 pm in the social hall. There will be a light lunch served, and there will be childcare available for any children who are there. If you have any questions please reach out to me directly.