Announcements as of June 1st 2019

Announcements as of June 1st 2019


The Allegheny Synod Youth Event Planning Team is super excited to tell you that registration for the 2019 Synod Youth Event is open! This event is for 6th-12th Graders and their adult leaders from across the Synod in State College from November 22-24, 2019.

Attached are the 3 pages of the registration packet (a physical copy of this packet will also be sent out by mail very soon). Here you will find some more information, pricing, a basic schedule, and more! The 3rd page is the registration form. The completed registration forms should be mailed with payment to the Synod office at 701 Qual Ave, Altoona, PA 16602. Final registration deadline is 10/15/19. Early registration is much appreciated by the planning team!

It will be up to congregational leaders as to how payment and mailing in registration forms will be handled (all at once by congregation or by individuals).

You will be receiving more information and details after your group is registered, but please feel free to ask us any questions in the meantime at this email address!

Christ's peace +,

The Allegheny Synod Youth Event Planning Team

Misc notes:

June 2nd is Accession Sunday
June 9th is Pentecost. Wear red.

June 16th is Holy Trinity and the Nicene Creed will be used.

Shelva will post a sign up sheet for favorite hymns starting June 23rd.

Parish picnic at Newry Lion's Park July 21 at 10:30. Covered dish lunch to follow.

Newry VBS July 22 - 26. Not sure of time yet.

Anyone helping with our VBS who doesn't have a background clearance, needs to speak with Ellen Riley.

Prayer request:

Please hold Pastors George and Ardelle Mason and family in prayer. Pastor George’s mother, Rita Mason, passed away in Carlisle. Details of arrangements will be communicated as soon as they are available.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at PO Box 236, Shanksville, PA 15560. May the family know the peace of Christ's presence and be comforted by promise of the resurrection.

May God’s grace and peace be with you as we continue through the season of Easter. The following is a greeting for Pentecost Sunday, June 9. I thank you for sharing this with your congregation as a bulletin insert and/or in your congregational newsletter. May God be with you. I look forward to seeing you all at our Synod Assembly.

In Christ,

Bishop Michael

Bishop’s Pentecost Message 2019

“The Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel,

enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy, and kept

me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers,

enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian

church and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one

common, true faith” – Martin Luther, Small


Though our Pentecostal sisters and brothers spend a lot of time

reflecting on the work of the Holy Spirit, we don’t always do that as

Lutherans. The festival of Pentecost calls us back and reminds us of

the Holy Spirit that, as Martin Luther says, calls us through the gospel,

enlightens us with the gifts of God, makes us holy, keeps us in the

faith, and unites us to Jesus Christ in our Baptism. We are here

because of the work and action of the Holy Spirit. It is good for us to

remember it is the Spirit, poured out on the day of Pentecost, who calls

us into the church, holds us together, and leads us forward as God’s


Through the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, God shows us

we are part of the ongoing mission of God. When our Lord Jesus was

walking with the disciples, he was rightly in the lead. Jesus was the

primary one teaching, healing, and performing miracles, except for the

times when Jesus would send the disciples out on their own. That all

changed on the day of Pentecost!

After Jesus’ ascension, our Lord sent the Holy Spirit to lead the

church. We can imagine the surprise of the disciples as this

extraordinary power to proclaim the good news of Jesus throughout

the world was poured into them. Now Peter, James, Andrew, and all

the followers of Jesus, who had until now been standing in the

background, were taking the lead in proclaiming the gospel and on that

day 3000 were baptized.

You, my friends, have that same power in you. That same Holy

Spirit who poured out on the first day of Pentecost was poured into

you on the day of your baptism. Being led by the Holy Spirit, you are

able to participate in the same mission of proclamation and healing.

You are part of the work Jesus in doing in this world.

You demonstrate that power when you pray for, feed, clothe, and

care for your neighbors. It might not seem as dramatic as that first

Pentecost, but it is the same love, grace, and mercy being poured out

through you as it was through the disciples. We are led by the Spirit

into this world to offer forgiveness and hope, new life and blessing. So

whether the Spirit comes as a mighty wind with flame and power, or

quietly into the private places in our lives, rest assured, the Spirit does

come. The Holy Spirit is with you now.

Who knows what wonders might be wrought, in our hearts, in our

homes, our churches, even in our world, as we are led by the power of

the Holy Spirit.

May the Spirit bless, lead, and guide you

+Bishop Michael Rhyne

Announcement of new DEM for the Allegheny Synod


I am writing to share with you the good news that the Allegheny Synod has called a new Director For Evangelical Mission. Pastor Joshua Rinas has been extended the call to serve in this position which is a partnership between the ELCA Churchwide expression and the Allegheny Synod.

Pastor Joshua comes to us from the New England Synod where he has been serving as a parish pastor. Previous ministerial experience include serving as a port chaplain for Seafarers International House ministry to sailors and the shipping industry and he has served on their Board. He also served as site leader for the ELCA Youth Ministry, Alt-Year Living and Learning Initiative in New Haven, CT. Additionally, Pastor Joshua has a passion for stewardship and has trained at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy in their Religious Fundraising course. He also has been certified through the Lombard Center’s Mediation Skills training.

Pastor Joshua’s wife, Pastor Kari (Plymette) Rinas is from Cambria County. She grew up at St Paul in Mundy’s Corner and was a candidate for ministry through the Allegheny Synod.

Pastor Joshua’s first day in the office will be July 1st. He will join us at our Synod Assembly so that you will have the opportunity to meet him. We also will install him as part of Friday evening’s worship service.

As you know we have a Bishop’s election in 2020. We can never presume the outcome of that election. To offer protection to Pastor Joshua and his family, the Allegheny Synod Council has made Pastor Joshua’s call a minimum of a two year call. He is guaranteed employment through August 2021. If there is no transition the call will be extended indefinitely.

I know that you rejoice with me in thanking God for this new member of our Synod team. You will enjoy getting to know and work with Pastor Joshua.

In Christ,

+Bishop Michael

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