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

  • Rostered Leaders and Vicar's Mini-Retreat

    As the season of Easter is winding down, and we head into the season of Pentecost, I invite you to take a day away in retreat at Sequanota focusing on the “Five Gifts of Discipleship.”

    This retreat will spend time on …

    Hearing God’s word in our lives

    Sharing the Lord’s Supper

    Living among God’s faithful people

    Connecting the Story of Jesus and you.

    This day is one of renewal and time away (if only for a short period).

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 ….

    Please click here for a Flyer with more information and here for a schedule.

  • 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.

  • Seminarian Support Sunday

    Please click here for a bulletin insert for Seminarian Support Sunday, May 20. Please include this information ahead of that Sunday so members can be prepared. If you receive donations, please forward them to the Synod Office. The support of our Synod members has been generous and gratefully received by our students. Please help us continue the ministry of generosity and support by encouraging your members to give a gift of any size to this important fund.

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

    Please click here to read the article.

  • Year of Prayer

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

  • Bishop Rhyne's Easter Message

    Please click here for Bishop Rhyne's Easter Message.

  • 2018 Synod Assembly Registration Material and Information

    Please click here for the 2018 Synod Assembly Registration Material and Information.

  • 40,000 Can Challenge & Weekly Update

    Final Can Challenge Update ... 35,932!

    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

    We are writing to let you know the results of this year’s Allegheny Synod Can Challenge. For 2017-2018 our total was 35,932 items collected. The delay in getting you the total is that we were waiting for final can counts from a few of our congregations. This is a little short of our 40,000 item goal, but still a great effort. This is something we should celebrate. Working together, you are caring for people across 7 counties and are touching countless lives.

    We can truly rejoice at what God has been doing among us when we realize that over the last 4 year of the Can Challenge, you have collected 185,444 items for our communities. That is an example of the Holy Spirit using you, the Allegheny Synod, and making a positive difference in this world.

    I thank you for being a part of this ministry and for your commitment to helping people in your community. Please continue throughout this year to care for the people of your communities by supporting the feeding ministries in your area.

    May God continue to bless and keep you.

    Bishop Michael Rhyne

    40,000 Can Challenge

    Your donation of non-perishable food items to the 40,000 "Can" Challenge will benefit local food banks and service agencies who serve the people in your community.

    To participate, record how many non-perishable items are collected and call (814-842-1042) or email ( the Synod office.

    Results will be publicized through the Allegheny Synod 8C Facebook page, the Lutheran Letter, and weekly email updates to congregations.

    Please click here for the 40,000 Can Challenge bulletin insert.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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