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  • ASWO Newsletter

    Please click here for the Allegheny Synod Women's Organization 2019 Convention newsletter.

  • 40,000 Can Challenge Count

    Our weekly can count as of today, January 28, towards our 40,000 Goal is 15,308.

  • United Lutheran Seminary Lifelong Learning Opportunities


    January 16, Gettysburg Campus; January 17, Philadelphia Campus

    Come, by yourself, bring a friend or attend as a pericope group (to enhance your work as a group), to a one-day lecture for anyone interested in thematic ideas, exegetical insights and preaching ideas for the coming liturgical season. There are 3 of these held during the academic year. The event will be held in Valentine Auditorium on the Gettysburg Campus and in Benbow Hall of the Brossman Center on the Philadelphia Campus from 9:00-3:00pm.

    The Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen will be presenting preaching ideas, themes, text insights and notable thoughts on texts for Ash Wednesday through Easter. Cost is $40 and includes lunch


    February 7, Gettysburg Campus; February 26, Philadelphia Campus

    One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis happens. Mental Health First Aid is a clinically proven training course that will help you identify, and respond to the signs of mental health difficulties and give you the skills to apply a 5 step action plan to assess a situation and provide help. Participants will receive a nationally recognized course certificate of completion, a Mental Health First Aid manual, listing of local mental health resources and Certification as a Mental Health First Aid Responder. The 8 hour course is offered by WellSpan Philhaven.

    This event will be held in Valentine Auditorium on the Gettysburg Campus and Benbow Hall of Brossman Center on the Philadelphia campus from 8:30-4:30pm. Cost is $40 and includes lunch.


    MARK YOUR CALENDARS for upcoming events, registration up SOON:

    February 28 – Canoeing the Mountains, come spend a day on the Philadelphia Campus with the SEPA Synod and the Philadelphia Presbytery as we welcome author Tod Bolsinger for lectures and small group engagement on church leadership. Registration opening early next week!

    March 10-14 Preaching With Power. More information can be found on the ULS website below, don’t miss these great preaching learning opportunities!


    For more information and to register for the above events go to:


    For more information or questions contact Deacon Chelle Huth, Director of Lifelong Learning at

  • Christmas Card from Bishop Michael and the Synod Staff

    Please click here for the Synod Christmas Card in color and here for black and white. 

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  • Advent Stewardship Letter and Bulletin Insert

    Please click here for Bishop Rhyne's Advent Stewardship letter and here for the letter in bulletin insert form.

  • Year of Prayer

    Please click here for the December 2018 Year of Prayer bulletin insert.

    Please click here for the November 2018 Year of Prayer bulletin insert.

  • IGNITE (Formerly Discerning Your Discipleship) Course Information and Registration

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

  • ELCA Women and Justice Taskforce: Draft Social Statement

    The Allegheny Synod would like to invite you and your members to attend a special event. The ELCA Women and Justice Taskforce has completed a draft social statement and is inviting our feedback. We’ve scheduled a reading of the draft for August 29 at 6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Altoona.

    Please click here for a bulletin insert and here for a PDF of the social statement that you can share with your members who wish to attend the reading. A link to these documents is available on our Facebook page as well. Please share this information with your congregation in bulletins and newsletters as you are able. The feedback period ends on September 30.

  • KELC Companion Synod Sunday

    Please click here for the KELC Companion Synod Sunday information and material.

  • Flood Bucket Information

    Please click here for the Flood Bucket shopping list and collection locations and click here for the Flood Bucket labels. If you have any questions, please contact the Pastor Tim Knauss at the Synod office (814-942-1042).

  • Outreach/Evangelism Grant Opportunity

    Our Synod in assembly last year approved funds to underwrite grants for our congregations to develop outreach/evangelism ministries to their communities. These grants are to help you kick start this ministry or go beyond what your congregation may budget. Click here for a Microsoft Word fill-in application which describes the grant more fully.

    We will review the applications and issue grants on a monthly bases. We know we won’t be able to grant all the requests, but we will respond to all applications.

  • Faith Partners, Blair Drug and Alcohol Pair Up for Training to Assist Addicts

    Please click here to read the article.

  • Kenya Winter 2018 Newsletter

    Please click here to view the Kenya Winter 2018 newsletter.

  • 2018 Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate

    The IRS announced the standard mileage reimbursement rate will be 54.5 cents per mile beginning January 1, 2018. Please click on the link below for more information.

  • Synod Congregational Weekly Prayer List

     Please click here for the Synod's Congregational Weekly Prayer list.

  • Karibu VBS Program

    Please click here for information regarding the Allegheny Synod Karibu VBS program.

  • Tithing & Giving

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

  • 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