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και μη συσχηματζεσθε τω αιωνι τουτω,αλλα μεταμορφουσθε τη ανακαινωσει του νοος
εις το δοκιμαζειν υμας τι το θελημα τομ θεου, το αγαθον και ευαρεστον και τελειον.

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Headline News (1/19/2015)

We're Open for 2nd Term

The Lutheran Campus Chapel held the first mass of the new term on Sunday, Jan. 11, celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord with the blessing of the waters, including walk down to the Mon River. Now, we are in our normal routine: mass, Sunday night 7:00 PM; Sunday compline, 9:00 PM; sext, Wednesday 12:00 PM; compline, Thursday, 9:45 PM; catechism class, Thursdays, 8:30 PM; and HSC luncheon, Thursdays, noon.

Camera Records Petty Theft

One of the great challenges faced by any church is finding the balance between accessibility and security. the Lutheran Campus Ministry has tried to err on the side of accessibility. A chapel does very little good on campus if students, faculty, and staff cannot come in and pray and share in Christian fellowship. Over the years, there have been the run of the mill problems: petty theft, inappropriate use of the space, and a case of desecration. Prompted by a rise in "things going missing," we installed a security camera system---a cheap off-the-shelf DIY kit. Last night, it recorded the theft of our new coffee maker. The theft took place while compline was being prayed in the sanctuary. The thief is known to us, contact has been made, and the return of the coffee maker is expected later today.

Long Weekend Monastic Retreat

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our long weekend retreat to the monastery; Chap. Riegel came down with bronchitis. We are, however, working on a spring break retreat. Details will be posted soon.

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Was Ist Das? Catechesis on Campus

"What does this mean (Was Ist Das)?" is Martin Luther's repeated question as he explores the fundamentals of the faith through his Small Catechism. We've taken up Luther's Small and Large Catechisms as our study series in preparation for the 2017 quincentennial celebration of the Lutheran Reformation. The catechisms are amazing works in which theology and pastoral sensitivity meet to explain the Ten Commandments (Decalogue), the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, baptism, communion, and confession.

Sessions are held weekly at the Lutheran Campus Chapel on Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to compline). As each session is self-contained, feel free to jump in any week. Copies of the catechisms can be found on-line. For the Small Catechism, click here. For the Large Catechism, click here. Supplemental offerings (totally optional) will pop up from time to time in the form of movies, guest speakers, etc..

Our next session, titled, "Honor and Good Report," will be Thursday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 PM. We'll be wrapping up the commandments with the final two.

This course is appropriate for Lutherans and non-Lutherans, anyone interested in historical theology, those who have never studied the catechisms, those who need a refresher, and those who want to approach the catechisms at the collegiate level. Non-students are welcome.

Grand Aspirations Meets at Lutheran Campus Center

25 young adults have been meeting at the Lutheran Campus Center for several days in early January. an advance team arrived Tuesday, Jan. 6, and the last of them pulled out the following Tuesday. They also held their meals here, and over half bedded bedded down in the chapel as well. Grand Aspirations, a grass roots national organization dedicated to environmentally sustainable economic development. The regional gathering will wrap up its meetings today (Jan. 12).

Looking forward to Spring 2015

In addition to items already mentioned on this page, we have some other things in mind. Spring recess will feature a retreat at St. Augstine's House. A week-ling immersion in the Benedictine monastic tradition is a spring break like none other. This won't be the first time we've done this. Past experience proves this to be something not to be missed. For the Backyard Paintbrawl we'll be inviting church youth groups to join us in the fun, giving them a chance to mingle with collegians. Holy week will feature a chanted Tenebrae and a joint Easter Vigil among the additional prayer services. That's just a little of what we have planned.

Newsletter Posted

The newsletter has been printed, folded, stuffed, and mailed. You can also download it here.

Protestant & Monastic?

Tenebrae schola 2014

A little history

The two concepts are not antithetical, and there is actually history to support it. Contrary to popular opinion, Luther did not close the monasteries. While he had sharp criticisms of what monasticism had become by his day, we also wrote several letters defending monastic foundations from the local political rulers. Some monasteries and convents actually converted to Lutheranism, and the vestiges survey to this day in Germany. Monastic foundations also continued in the Anglican tradition, and, following W.W.II, a rebirth of Protestant monasticism took place in both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions.

So, what's that got to do with WVU?

This past year, we committed to the formation of a confraternity, a local group of people who desire to enter into a deeper, more disciplined spirituality shaped buy daily prayer, Study of the Word, Christian fellowship, and growth in sanctification, as informed by the Lutheran and Benedictine traditions.

The confraternity will open to men and women, students, faculties, staff, and members of the local community. Before joining, one can explore life in a confraternity as a guest and then postulant, without making formal commitments.

In addition to the mutual support of the confratres in things spiritual, the confraternity will also provides devotional resources, periodic communal meals, an option for religious housing, and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran monastery.

When does this begin?

Officially, we'll establish the confraternity at the beginning of Lent 2015. In the weeks between now and then, we'll be talking about this opportunity and answering questions. If you are interested (or merely curious), we'd be happy to send you a copy of the customary, answer any questions you might have, or meet with you. Drop us a line (Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us (304-680-5388).

LutherhausReligious Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus

If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an "oblate house."

Lutherhaus will become an "oblate house" with the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Residents pledge themselves to daily prayer and life as a religious community informed by Lutheran Benedictine spirituality according to the model established by the Congregation of the Servants of Christ (St. Augustine's House). Residents will have opportunities to make retreats at St. Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine monastery.

Housing agreements can be made for an entire year, the summer, or a single semester. Sometimes additional rooms open up as students opt for overseas studies.

Located directly behind the Chapel, Lutherhaus is one block from the Beechhurst PRT and two from the Mountainlair. Residential membership fee for the oblate house is $500 per month (utilities included) with a $50 rebate if no vehicle is brought by the resident. Lutherhaus can lodge seven. Each resident gets a private semi-furnished bedroom. There are three shared baths and shared kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for details. For more information on facebook, click here.

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St. Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery Reaches Out to Collegians &Seminarians

St. Augustine's House has issued a special invitation to collegians and seminarians to visit.

Spend a day, a week, a month at the only Lutheran monastery in America.  The Congregation of the Servants of Christ, living at St. Augustine's House in Oxford, Michigan, invites you for a time (whether long or short) of formation in the life of prayer.  Please make arrangements for dates and accommodations at StAugHouse@aol.com or 248-628-5155.

For more information about St. Augustine's House, visit http://www.StAugustinesHouse.org or speak with Chap. Riegel.

Chaplain Serves on Monastic Council

Chap. Riegel was elected by the chapter of the Congregation of the Servants of Christ, the Lutheran Benedictine body in the Western Hemisphere, to serve on the congregation's council. Riegel served on the council prior to the birth of his second daughter thirteen years ago. In fulfillment of his obligations, Riegel will be making a few trips each year to St. Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine priory. There may be room on some of those trips for co-pilot. If you are interested in accompanying Riegel, let him know.

There and Back Again: How Do I Get to the Chapel? How Do I Get Home?

Monday through Saturday, the PRT and several buses serve the campus and surrounding community.  One concern, however, is getting home as these services shut down.  If you can get to the Chapel for a planned worship service or other activity, we can see that you get home.

WVU BusSunday mass transit is limited to the Sunday Shopping Shuttle (click for map & schedule).  This shuttle runs right past the Chapel with a 6:41 p.m. stop at the Mountainlair (only 1˝ blocks from the Chapel)...perfect for making 7:00 p.m. mass.  Unfortunately, West Run, The District, etc., are not on the route.  Let us know that you would like a ride, and we'll try to arrange a carpool in your area--try to give us a little lead time to work on this.  Again, if you make it to the Chapel, we'll get you home.

Chapel Parking is used by the Luther House residents, and they need unfettered access.  Please don't block the entrance (or park in the upper end of the driveway) or use the chapel as a place to leave your car while you go to the library or class.  Remember that, in the evenings, the university lots (#1 across from the chapel and those flanking Stansbury) are not patrolled.  Also, street parking is free on Sundays.

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