Pastor Smith was born in Chicago and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Concordia Seminary (Missouri Synod) which then was located in Springfield, Il (now in Fort Wayne, IN). He was ordained in 1972 and spent half of his ministry in the MO Synod, and most recently he served at St. Johns Lutheran ELCA until it closed last year. He since has been rostered in the NALC and has been attending Emmanuel. Pastor Smith has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons, and he and his wife, Sara, live in Monroeville. Pastor Smith enjoys reading, watching baseball, and walking although he says his arthritis limits this. If you haven’t met him, please introduce yourself. We are blessed to have him as an interim Pastor.
BHLC IS COLLECTING POP TABS FOR RONALD MCDONALD’S HOUSE. There are containers in the back of the church and in Fellowship Hall.
Scholarship applications are available for the Ruth O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund. Members, and nonmembers with a relationship to our congregation, may apply for financial aid with education after high school graduation.
The O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund was made possible by a bequest from Ruth O’Brien. Mrs. O’Brien was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and, following the merger of 1972, of Brighton Heights Lutheran Church. Mrs. O’Brien passed away almost twenty years ago - in December, 1999. By her generous bequest, she continues to bless the congregations she loved so well.
Please note: Applications are available in the back of the church or in the church office. You may also contact the church office at 412-761-8545. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 29, 2019.
Help is needed at our VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR on October 5. We need help in setting up (includes helping / directing vendors and crafters to their table) selling raffle tickets, working the refreshment stand, and cleaning up. If you are interested is giving a hand contact the church office or let Mary Ann Lowe or Kim Spriggs know. Profits from the Vendor & Craft Fair go to our youth programs: St. Afterschool, Day Camp and Saturday School.     
THE NEXT NALC CONVOCATION WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 12 AT ST. PAUL IN SARVER, PA. Bishop Selbo will join us and will address our convocation and preach at the liturgy. Our convocation will be his first official visit! More information to follow in future bulletins and Links.
FALL MISSION DISTRICT GATHERING is on September 28 at First Lutheran Church in Washington, PA. The program will be “Women of the Bible”. Registration is at 830am – 9am and the cost is $6 per person. There will be a collection for the Mission District and the NALC Disaster Warehouse. Also, there will be a collection of cleaning supplies for the October work week for your churches. Gift Cards or money will be accepted for this cause. Contact First Lutheran Church with the number of ladies coming by September 23 by calling 724-222-4905 or 724-222-3037 or by email at
NALC DISASTER RESPONSE is collecting the following items:

  • Cleaning Supplies: five-gallon bucket with lid, large trash bags, cleaners, scrub brush, dust mask, rubber gloves, broom, rake, shoves and bleach
  • Health Kits: bath towel, wash cloth, soap, toothbrush and paste, comb and deodorant
  • School Kits: notebooks, blunt scissors, ruler, pencils sharpener, pencils, eraser, construction paper, crayons, backpack and calculators for high school age kids
  • Baby Care Kits: t-shirts, sleepers, blankets, cloth diapers jacket or sweatshirt with hood, socks, hand towels, soap and safety pins

NORTHSIDE COMMON MINISTRIES is having their Celebration of Humanity on Thursday, September 19 from 6pm to 8:30pm at Alloy 26 in Nova Place. Cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be ordered at

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