A United Methodist Community


Sunday Worship Schedule:
8:30 a.m. - Bible Study - Fireside Room

9:30 a.m. - Worship Service - Sanctuary

Our Mission

Grand Avenue exists to invite all peoples 
into a transforming relationship with Jesus
allowing them to serve God and our community.


At-Risk Ministries Graduation

On Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30p.m., you are invited to join us to celebrate the graduation of our students from The Parent Project and the Teach One to Lead One program.

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time of year to start collecting items for our OCC boxes. If you would like to donate items needed such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, and toys, a collection box will be in the foyer.

Charge Conference • November 17

The Annual Charge Conference with our District Superintendent, Debra Brady, is Sunday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. Both Methodist congregations will share a potluck at First Methodist Church. Bring your favorite dish to share! All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Movie Night November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to First Methodist on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. for a Movie, Craft, Hotdogs and Root beer Floats. The movie is The Emperor’s New Groove. Please call the office for more information 784-4232.

Service of Remembrance • December 1

The Service of Remembrance is for those who have lost loved ones. We invite you to come and remember those we have lost and look forward to the future. This service Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Methodist.


Youth Bible Study

Sundays at 5:00p.m. the youth gather at the home of Ryan and Amanda Ridenour for Bible study! Please contact Ryan for additional information.

Monday Night Youth Group

Ryan needs help with dinner for Monday night youth group. The meals can be simple and easy to serve, like crock pot meals or finger food, for 10-15 youth. He can also use desserts. If you would like to help please call Patricia Holdsworth at 783-9035. Thank you.

Teach 1 to Lead 1 and The Parent Project

The next term of Teach One to Lead One and The Parent Project continues on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. here at Grand Avenue. If you or anyone you know would be interesting in learning about becoming a mentor or would like to be a part of this outreach, please contact Ryan or Pastor Tom.




Tom Buratovich - Pastor

Ryan Ridenour - Director of  Youth Ministries                    and Administrative Assistant

Judy Buratovich - Interim Worship Administrator

Rodel Lipumano - Treasurer


What to Expect

When you visit a new place you may become nervous. We have tried to minimize this by providing visitor-marked parking, quality childcare, and smiling faces. Nervousness will also diminish with time -- time to discover and be discovered, to know and be known. That is the cry of every human heart.  

It is our deepest desire for you to feel comfortable and welcomed. If anything does not make you feel welcome, feel free to use your tear-off Connection Card on your bulletin to give us your valued feedback. We would love the input!

Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m. 

Our worship service is casual, combining the best elements of traditional and contemporary worship styles. We meet in the Sanctuary with a prayer time beforehand in the Pastor's Study and a Coffee/Fellowship Time afterwards. The service include time for worship, prayer, offering, and teaching, averaging an hour and fifteen minutes in length. Child care is available for infants to five years of age at the beginning of each service. Children, kindergarten through sixth grade, have Children's Church which starts in the service and excuses the kids at the offering time. Similarly the youth, seventh through twelfth grade, have Sunday School which starts in the service and excuses the kids at the offering time. We serve communion, typically, on the first Sunday of the month.

Wednesday Evening - 5:45 p.m. (September - May) 

If you attend a Wednesday evening Bible study, it starts with a family dinner -- potluck on the first Wednesday of the month and individual signups on the other evenings -- from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Children, youth, and adult activities follow.  The feel is relational and the emphasis is on smaller groups that seek to experience life together as we learn about integrating our lives into the Kingdom of God.  

Children, kindergarten through sixth grade, have their JAM Rock Kids program at 6:30. For more information, contact the church office at 559 784-3791

Middle school and high school youth hold their own programs at 6:30 in the Youth Room upstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Ryan Ridenour at ryan@grandavenue.org

We hope you will join us for one of these events!


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