April 28, 2020

May the peace of the risen Christ be with you all!

As we begin to hear about plans to re-open businesses in Pennsylvania, we’ve compiled some things to think about as you begin working toward holding in-person worship.

We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance...

April 27, 2020

Communion in the time of Covid-19

Bishop Michael L. Rhyne, Allegheny Synod, ELCA

This message addresses the issue of ‘virtual communion’. Along with this message there are links to resources on this topic. These are a message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton; an art...

April 20, 2020

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

We have been actively dealing with the spread of COVID-19 for over a month. Congregations a...

April 17, 2020

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Grace to you and peace from the risen Christ!

Saint Teresa of Avila said, “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world....

April 16, 2020

Dear Allegheny Synod congregations and Rostered Ministers,

I am thrilled to announce that our synod has its first new start (church plant) since 1968!

ELCA Churchwide has approved Gloria de Dios, Pine Grove Mills (outside of State College) as a Synodically Authorized Wor...

April 16, 2020

Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Unemployment Rights and Resources—COVID-19

Fighting COVID-19 Stigma and Other Mental Health Resources added to Mental Health Resources for Coping with COVID-19

Human Services Secretary Encourages All Pennsylvanians to Help ...

April 7, 2020

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Michael Rhyne

Monday of Holy Week

April 6, 2020

May God’s grace and peace be with you!

As we begin Holy Week in the time of COVID-19, we find ourselves unable to be together in this holiest of weeks. We are separate from each other and keeping...

April 7, 2020

This week one of our colleagues asked our Synod Attorney, Megan Will, to explain for the sake of their Church Council why no one must be in the church building while we are under the shut down order. Megan’s response is below. I am sharing it with you with the permissi...

April 7, 2020

Funerals in the Time of Covid-19

Bishop Michael L. Rhyne, Allegheny Synod, ELCA

April 6, 2020

We find ourselves living in the time of COVID-19. At the present time, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is under a ‘stay-at-home’ order. Our pastors and congregations are learnin...

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