Rooted in the Gospel of our Lord, the Allegheny Synod inspires, encourages, and supports the church, in response to God's call to gather around Word and Sacrament, and to scatter into the world to offer God's gifts of love, forgiveness, care, justice, and mercy.

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  • South Carolina Flooding ... What You Can Do to Help

    Dear Friends,

    Many of us have seen the devastation caused by the flooding in South Carolina (SC). I invite you to join me in responding. Bishop Herman Yoos of the SC Synod has told us that the best way to respond right now is by financially supporting the emergency response work being done through Lutheran Disaster Response and through the SC Synod Office.

    I am asking all the congregations of the Allegheny Synod to AT LEAST one Sunday between now and November 22 (Christ the King Sunday) take up a special offering for Flood Relief in SC. You may want to do this once, or, you may decide to do a continual gathering of funds to help our sisters and brothers in need. I would also ask you to report what you gather to Michelle in the Synod Office, so we can have an idea of what we are able to do when our Synod works together.

    Many of you have connections to SC. It is a popular vacation spot, many of us have friends and family who live there, there are many Lutherans, and some of us did our Seminary and internship in these very communities that have been flooded. We have lots of connections. Let us take the time to respond and help our sisters and brothers in need.

    Offering collections can be forwarded to Lutheran Disaster Response at the following address

    Offerings can also be sent to directly to the SC Synod office who will forward those funds directly to the aid agencies working in the communities. Subject line for checks should be “Flooding Relief”
    South Carolina Synod Office, ELCA
    1003 Richland St
    Columbia, SC 29201

    Thank you for your consideration. We are also in dialogue with colleagues in South Carolina about brining mission teams down to help assist with the cleanup. The folks on the scene in SC (the Synod Office and Emergency Services) have instructed us that the best thing to do now is Wait. Once emergency management services are able to get in and fully understand the extent of the damage they will begin to call for volunteers. That call should begin by the end of the month, but will continue well into next year. We will keep you informed as plans are made for groups to go south to help with the cleanup effort.

    In Christ,
    +Bishop Michael

  • Blanket Sunday and LWR Collection 2015

    Please click here for Blanket Sunday and LWR Collection 2015 information.

  • 2016 Compensation & Benefits Information

    Please click here for the 2016 Compensation & Benefits Information.


  • Discerning Your Discipleship (DYD) 2015-16

    Click here for the new DYD course catalogue and registration form.

  • Companion Synod Sunday

    Companion Synod News
    Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

    As you are probably aware, our global companion synod is the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC). As a synod, we try each year to lift up this important relationship, celebrate how we can learn from one another, and share time in worship and prayer for one another.

    This year, during the month of August, three people from our synod will be visiting the KELC. Therefore, the Global Ministries Team is proposing that congregations take part in Companion Synod Sunday on Sunday, August 16, 2015. There are some resources that you may choose to use in remembering our sisters and brothers in Christ in Kenya here.

    In addition, you may want to celebrate that our synod - together - raised over $13,000 for motorbikes in Kenya. At $5000 per vehicle, we will be able to purchase nearly three of them for evangelists in Kenya! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Thank you for your partnership as together we celebrate our one-ness in Christ!

    In Christ,
    The Global Ministries Team

  • Tithing & Giving

    Please click here for a brochure from the Allegheny Synod's Stewardship and Mission Interpretation Team regarding Tithing and Giving.

  • Sunday Congregation and ELCA Rostered Leaders Serving our Synod Prayer List

    Please click here for the Sunday Congregation Prayer List.

    Please click here for the ELCA Rostered Leaders Serving our Synod Prayer List.

  • Practice Discipleship Initiative

    The Practice Discipleship Initiative invites all pastors, council members, Sunday school teachers, Christian Ed enthusists, and youth leaders of the Allegheny Synod to participate in FREE workshops this fall. Each workshop will include two teaching sessions led by Pastor David Bowman, the Allegheny Synod’s Practice Discipleship Coach, and a FREE meal. Please join us at a location near you!  For more information click here.

  • 3D Faith Practices Bible Study

    To view the 3D Faith Practices Bible Study, please click on the Resources tab above and then click on Allegheny Synod 3D.  You will then find the Bible Studies posted below.

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Welcome to the online home of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in   America. We are an expression of the Church of Jesus Christ that combines the resources of 116 congregations, and our partners in ministry in the mountains and valleys of the Allegheny region of Southwest-Central Pennsylvania.

We are a people called by God through Jesus Christ to share in ministry independently and interdependently. Here in this web site you will have an opportunity to discover more about our partner ministries that seek to live out God's Great Commission.... (Matthew 28:18-20) to make the hope-filled promises of Jesus Christ known throughout the world.

I invite you to explore the pages of this web site and to get to know more about your Lutheran neighbors in the Allegheny region. Please know that each of our congregations invite you to worship with them. We believe that it is there that we encounter the God who has not only given us the gift of earthly life, but who also promises us life eternal.

-Bishop Michael L. Rhyne

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Allegheny Synod, ELCA

701 Quail Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602

Phone: 814.942.1042
Fax: 814.941.9259

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM