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.

What's New

  • Year of Prayer

    Please click here for the July Year of Prayer bulletin insert.

  • Companion Synod Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Dear Friends in Christ,

     Each year we are encouraged to remember our global partners, and God's ministry throughout the world. We especially take time to lift up our Companion Synod, the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC). This year the people of the KELC and the Allegheny Synod agreed on June 11th (Holy Trinity Sunday) as the day on which we could mutually hold Companion Synod Sunday, so that we would each be remembering the other in prayer that day. 

     Below please find a greeting, prayer with petitions, and a sermon (based on the lectionary's 'Great Commission' gospel text for that day) - each prepared by a separate pastor in the KELC. Please use them in worship as you see works for your context. There are additional worship resources (hymn suggestions, etc.) listed under the 'resources' (Global Mission) heading on the Allegheny Synod webpage.

     Thank you for your partnership in helping to build an awareness and a partnership with our sisters and brothers around God's world.

    In Christ,

    The Global Ministries Team

    Greeting (.docx)

    Prayer with Petitions (.docx)

    Sermon (.docx)

  • 2017 Allegheny Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports

    Please click here to view the 2017 Allegheny Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports.

  • 2017 Allegheny Synod Assembly - Nominations

    Please click here to view this Synod Assembly's Nominations received.

  • Lutheran Day at the Altoona Curve & Tailgate.

    The Tailgate will be held at the Synod office (701 Quail Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602). Hot dogs and drinks will be provided - please bring a snack to share. The Curve Game will follow at 6 PM with fireworks after the game. Please click here for the flyer/registration form.

  • Kenya February 2017 Newsletter

    Please click here to view the Kenya February 2017 newsletter.

  • Karibu VBS Program

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

  • Bishop Micahel's Ash Wednesday Greeting

    Bishop Michael's Ash Wednesday greeting is available by clicking here.

  • Reformation 500 Events

    Please join us for the 4th annual Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 AM to 2 PM, at The George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202. This event is sponsored by the Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund to benefit and support Lutheran scholarship and research. For more information, please click here.

  • NEW 2017 IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate

    IR-2016-169, Dec.13, 2016

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

    Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

    53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016

    17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016

    14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

    The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

    The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

  • 2017 Compensation and Benefits

    Please click here for the 2017 Compensation and Benefits material.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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