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  • 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

  • Announcements and Prayer request 4/1/19

    Announcements 4/1/19

    Geeseytown-Newry Lutheran Parish

    +Fourth Sunday in Lent+

    March 31, 2019

    Geeseytown-Newry Lutheran Parish Website: 

    Good Morning!

    Welcome in the name of Jesus Christ, the savior of the World! We feel blessed that you have joined us for worship this day. May your presence in the Lord's house this day afford you God's peace in the coming week. We ask you to be fully present in worship by turning off all cell phones and other things that might distract you. May God fill you with love and peace today and always!

    Welcome! We welcome Rev. John Timm today and thank him for leading our service.

    Food Bank –The food bank appreciates any and all food items. All monetary donations are welcome. The food bank is in need of soups and crackers. The Williamsburg Food Bank would like to thank all who donate.

     Please keep our shut-ins in your prayers, visitations, phone calls and greeting card list. Also please keep our military men and women in your prayers.

    Pastor Jean Caudill will serve as our emergency Pastor contact during our search for a new Pastor. She will do visitations, funerals, weddings, etc. She can be reached at 814.327.8490. Email: 


    According to the Constitution of Geeseytown Lutheran Church, voting members are confirmed members who have communed and made a contribution of record (church envelopes or check) during the current or preceding year. Please fill out a communion card the first time that you commune in the calendar year. It is only necessary to fill out one a year. Communion cards are located in the back of the church and can be put in the offering plate once filled out. Thank you!

    Lenten Series: Pastor Jean Caudill will lead a Lenten Series Called “Self to Lose, Self To Find” Wednesday evenings during lent at 6pm In Claysburg. Info at the back of the church.

    Holy Week Schedule –Thursday, April 18th -Maundy Thursday (7pm) Geeseytown, Friday, April 19th –Good Friday Service (7pm) Newry, Sunrise Service at Geeseytown (6:30am) followed with breakfast, Easter Service at Newry (9am).

    Easter Breakfast- Please join us after the Sunrise service for Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 21st. Please see Larry if you can help cook or serve that morning. Please see the sign-up sheet at the back of the church to donate items for the breakfast.

    Easter Flowers: Please see the sign-up sheet for Easter Flowers at the back of the church. If you have any questions, please see Sharon Moore.

    Camp Sequanota: Anyone interested in Camp activities please grab a flyer at the back of the church.

    In case you haven't heard yet, the Allegheny Synod-wide Youth Event: "Making it Mine" is happening in State College, November 22-24, 2019!
    Our planning team is busy getting everything ready for a wonderful weekend of faith formation and fun for 6th-12th Graders and leaders.
    Mark your calendars and be ready to receive registration and program information in the coming weeks!
    This Synod Youth email address will serve as a contact point for any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the event.
    Christ's peace +,The Allegheny Synod Youth Event Planning Team


    Lector – Tori Cox

    Organist – Shelva Smith

    Communion Assistant – Tori Cox

    If you would like to add any announcements to the bulletin, please contact Lisa Filler at 814-327-6549 or email at

    Prayer requests:

    Elaine Stetser, wife of the late Rev. Harry Stetser, joined the Saints of Heaven yesterday after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are currently being arranged. Details will be communicated as soon as they are available. Please hold the Stetser family in your prayers.



    Pastor Alex Anklan’s funeral will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 3:00 pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3500 Main St., Hilliard, OH. Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the church. Clergy are invited to vest, the color of the day is white. Pastor Alex passed away Tuesday, March 26.

    A memorial service will be held in the Synod at a later date. When we have details about that service, we will send notice.

    We give thanks for Pastor Alex’s life and vibrant witness to the Gospel. He will be sorely missed in our ministerium and by the congregations he was called to serve: St. John, Millheim and Salem, Aaronsburg. Please hold these congregations, Pastor Alex’s wife, Erica, and his entire family in your prayers.

    O God, before whom generations rise and pass away, we praise you for all your servants who, having lived this life in faith, now live eternally with you. Especially we thank you for your servant Alex, and we praise you for the gift of his life, for all in him that was good and kind and faithful, for the grace you gave him, that kindled in him the love of your dear name and enabled him to serve you faithfully. We thank you that for him death is past and pain ended and that he has now entered the joy you have prepared; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

    the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation, 

    who comforts us in all our sorrows sothat we can comfort others in their sorrows 

    with the consolation we ourselves have received from God.


    Mary Ann Miller, spouse of deceased Pastor Robert M.A.L.Miller joined the Saints of Heaven March 5, 2019. A memorial service will beheld Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. GarnerSt., State College. There will be visitation prior to the service at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Grace Lutheran Church of State College. We ask that you please hold the family in prayer. 

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