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  • Year of Prayer

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

    Please click here for the September 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.

  • Lutheran Fall Festival

    This afternoon of fellowship and worship will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg from 3pm – 7:30pm.

    Starting at 3pm, we will have booths set up by congregations, vendors, and partners. These will include food stations, games, information, arts and crafts, and other activities. Throughout the afternoon we will welcome musical entertainment from members of our Synod and our Synod congregations.

    If you are interested in your congregation having a booth or display at the festival, please be in contact with Pastor Drew McCaffery at .

    Starting at 5pm, we will have a community meal. We are planning to have pulled pork and pulled chicken provided by Holland Bros of Duncansville. Tickets for the meal are $10 and are available through our Synod office, 814-942-1042 or

    At 6:30, we will have worship in the Pavilion at the park. Part of the service will be a candlelight service. We are moving to the pavilions this year because we will have lights in case the evening gets dark before we are finished. Also, we will be under cover in the case of inclement weather.

    We would like to invite congregations to bring congregational banners to decorate our worship space. If you would be able to bring a banner with you, please contact Pastor Paula or Bishop Rhyne at the Synod office, 814-942-1042.

    Please click here for the bulletin insert.

  • 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).

  • Lutheran Day at the Altoona Curve

    Lutheran Day at the Altoona Curve and the Allegheny Tailgate will be Sunday, August 5, 2018. Please click here for more information and the registration form.

  • 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.

  • ASWO Newsletter

    Please click here for the Allegheny Synod Women's Organization newsletter which contains details regarding the upcoming Synodical Women's Convention.

  • 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.

  • 2018 Compensation and Benefits

    Please click here for the 2018 Compensation and Benefits material.

  • 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