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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  • Year of Prayer

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

  • Hurricane Harvey and How you Can Help

    Please click here for information on how you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  • "Renew, Rejoice, Revive" Service of Lutheran Revival

    Dear Friends,

    May God continue to bless and keep you. I am writing to invite you to join me and your sisters and brothers of the Allegheny Synod at a special service of prayer, praise, and worship. 

    7pm - Thursday, September 14th (Holy Cross Day) at St James Lutheran Church in Altoona, will be having “Renew, Rejoice, Revive” a service of Lutheran Revival. This service will be centered around singing, prayers, and thanking God for the many blessings that we have received. All this will lead up to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

    We have a special guest preacher, the Rev. Jackie Utley of Ascension Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC. You may remember Pastor Utley from the 2015 ELCA Churchwide video, where she talked about her becoming Lutheran came from the powerful pull of grace and need to share the love and mercy of Jesus with all people. 

    We will also be blessed by the music of our “All Star Band” including Ryan Custead and Aaron Wagner from Zion - Hollidaysburg, Pastor Scott Schull from Grace - State College, and Pat McConnel from St James – Altoona.

    Please join us for the service. It was scheduled on Thursday night to avoid the pull of high school, PSU, and Steeler football games, so we hope you are available. 

    Please share this information with your congregations. Click here for a bulletin insert with information about the service. I will be also be posting information on the facebook page and synod website.

    Thank you for your consideration, and I pray that you will be able to join us on September 14th.

    God bless and thank you for the many ways you care for God’s people here in the heart of Pennsylvania.

    Bishop Michael

  • Reformation 500

    You are invited to help us commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at these upcoming worship services:

    Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Altoona.
    Renew, Rejoice, Revive: A Lutheran Revival Service with guest preacher, The Rev. Jackie Utley.

    Saturday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Legion Park, Hollidaysburg.

    An outdoor, candlelight service that culminates the Reformation Festival being held that day.

    Bishop Rhyne will preach and special music will be provided. Please click here for a bulletin insert regarding the festival.


    Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Altoona. 

    A synod-wide Reformation service celebrating our unity in Christ. 

    All are welcome.


    Tuesday, October 31

    A Reformation Prayer Liturgy that can be celebrated with our ecumenical partners in our communities. The liturgy will be distributed soon so that you can plan and prepare in your conference.


    Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Johnstown

    “The First Day of the Next 500”

    Celebrate All Saints Day together with your brothers and sisters across this Synod as we move forward into the next 500 years. A reception will follow worship.


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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