Pastor Elaine Hower


March 2020

Hello Everyone,

These are difficult times for us all. Please continue to rely on prayer, the love of God and caring for each other. As Pastor my responsibility is to watch over and care for my congregation. Therefore, I have made the following decisions:

• Unless the situation changes, there will NOT be Sunday worship before April 12th, Easter Sunday. I do monitor the National and State of Emergency as the situation may change.

• If needed, please call me at 412-435-6176. Because of our ages and health, Bob and I are restricted to our home.

• AA Groups and other groups are NOT to meet at the church at this time.

When you receive this email, reach out to members of the congregation who do not receive email with this information. This is an unprecedented situation. Remember we are surrounded and strengthened by the power of God.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Elaine Hower




March 27, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Please see below for a few pieces of information:

  • Pastor is considering keeping the church closed through the end of April. 
  • Please know there will be a professional cleaning company hired to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect the entire church before the church reopens.
  • Mail is being collected from the church weekly. If you would like to send in contributions during this time, you may do so.
  • Council will have a phone meeting on Tuesday, April 14th.

Please feel free to email the church with any questions/concerns. You may also call the church phone number (Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm) since I was able to forward the calls to my cell phone. Please relay this information to anyone you know who does not have email! We appreciate it so much!

Thank you,  

Jenelle Nichols

Church Secretary

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church