14-36-JL*CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Michael L. Rhyne, East Freedom, Pa., was elected June 7 to a six-year term as bishop of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) during the Synod Assembly June 5-7 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pa. Rhyne was elected on the fifth ballot with 139 votes to 113 votes for the Rev. Lynn M. Miller, assistant to the bishop of the ELCA Allegheny Synod, based in Altoona. On this ballot, 252 votes were cast and 127 votes were needed for an election. Rhyne has been pastor of Geeseytown Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Newry Lutheran Church in Newry, Pa., since 2009. Rhyne earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in communication studies and drama from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a Master of Arts degree in acting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In 2009, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and was ordained in the same year at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altoona. Prior to entering seminary, Rhyne was in theater and taught at Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala.; Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; and at Troy University in Troy, Ala. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries. Information about the ELCA Allegheny Synod is available at http://www.alleghenysynod.org.-- *Jeremy Lensing is an intern for ELCA Public Relations and a student at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., majoring in multi-media mass communication and communication studies.
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.