Headline News (11/30/2013)
Chapel Reopens for Advent
Thanksgiving recess ends and Advent begins at the
Chapel of Christ the King (a.k.a. The Lutheran
Campus Chapel at WVU). The Chapel reopens Sunday,
Dec. 1, with 7:00 PM mass for the First Sunday of
The Advent themes surrounding the return of Christ
at the end of days play strangely against the end of
the semester. With the First Sunday of Advent, we
will complete the liturgical changes begun with the
commencement of St. Martin's Lent, including the
lighting of the Advent wreath.
Extra effort will be made to ensure that the Chapel
will be open every weekday between 10:00 AM and 4:00
PM. It may be open earlier or later in addition.
During those hours, students, faculty, and staff are
encouraged to avail themselves of devotional
resources and the opportunity for private and
St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold weekly Advent
vespers (evening prayer) every Wednesday at 7:00 PM.
Rumor has it that Pr. Kliner will explore the "Advent Virtues: hope, perseverance,
and patience." St. Paul is located across from the
Arby's on the Evansdale Campus.
Exam Schedule: Daily Prayer, Food, etc.
The Chapel is equipped with three
ovens, KitchenAid mixer, and an odd assortment of
mixing bowls, cookie sheets, and utensils. Need to
bake some Christmas presents (or some personal
solace)? Talk to Chap. Riegel about using the
End the Term
As in past years, the Chapel will
kick it up a notch for the end of the academic
term. Check out our offerings.
Knowing the extra prayers can't
hurt during exams, the Chapel will hold both sext
(noon prayer) and compline (night prayer) daily,
beginning with Monday, Dec. 9, with the exception
of Sunday (which will follow our normal schedule).
Sext, lasting only 10 minutes, provides a
refuge from the hectic pace of the day and an
opportunity to reground oneself in the Scriptures.
It is prayed at 12:00 noon. Compline,
lasting about 15 minutes, brings the day to a
peaceful close. Compline is prayed at 9:45 PM.
Both services have roots in the ancient prayer
tradition of the church. Neither features
preaching, opting instead to focus upon the psalms
and a short reading from Scriptures.
Additionally, every effort will be made to keep
the Chapel open during the business day and early
evening for private prayer, meditation,
contemplation, and a little plain peace &
Food & Drink
A meridian luncheon will
be served following sext each day, and ten-chow
will be served following compline each night. Both
are times for for food & fellowship. The menu
varies, but there is a premium set on simple,
warming fare for lunch and something snackish in
the evening. If you have a contribute something
for either, contact us.
We do know, at this point, that one of the
evenings will feature Chap. Riegel's famous birch
Additionally, hot and cold beverages will be
available throughout the day and evening.
The Chapel lounge will be open
throughout the day and evening as a place to
study, relax, and escape some of the craziness of
the Wise Library, dorms, and Mountainlair. There
are some big tables to spread out your books and
projects as well as some couches (perfect for a
catnap between chapters).
The Lutheran Campus Chapel will
close for the Christmas recess on Thursday, Dec.
19. No services are planned (at this time) during
the recess, but St. Paul Lutheran Church
(Evansdale) will continue to hold Sunday, Advent,
and Christmas services. The Chapel will reopen
with sext at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8,
Where's My Newsletter?
We're still working on it.
Renovations kept us more than a little occupied,
and the reopening of the Undercroft resulted in a
spike of activity around the Chapel. Not great
excuses, but it's the best we can offer. We hope
to have it to you soon.
The Undercroft was back in service. Now it is out of
service for a few days. Water damage was discovered
on the lower back panels our prized CDC NIOSH
cabinets. The damaged areas have been cut out of the
cabinets. Treatment of the remaining margins has
been completed. Replacement pieces have been cut.
The wall has also been treated and scrubbed. It
remains to screw the replacement pieces in place,
drylock the wall, and set the cabinets back up.
While we waited for the treatments on the cabinets
to dry, we replaced the problem floor tiles and
mounted mirrors in the bathrooms.
We're eager to get the cabinets back in place so
that we can use our dining area again. While it has
been a bit of a drag to lose it after the splendid
experience we had with The Wurst Dinner on Campus,
we've compensated with the TV area which has proved
a popular sitting area for conversations and games.
Warning: don't play World Destruction League Thunder
Tanks with Trish. She's vicious.
Once the cabinets are back in place and the dining
area restored, we'll turn out attention to the open
office area. When that is completed, we'll be
looking at the library. The major move will come in
the summer (when the campus quiets down). Our goal
is the removal of all the carpet and replacement
with vinyl composite tile. This replacement of the
carpet is much more than a cosmetic measure---though
a cosmetic measure is definitely warranted in the
case of this venerable carpet---it is the last step
in our interior humidity mitigation program.
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||We're also starting the task of totaling
the costs of the project. The electrical
work alone cost over $5K. Feel free to make
a donation to the Building on Strength
Capital Campaign to help pay for this much
needed work. We accept checks at our mailing
address and four major credit cards on-line.
Please talk with Chap. Riegel if you are
considering a major gift.
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The Luther House is undergoing a major structural
repairs. Walls and ceilings are being demoed and
rebuilt, floors jacked back up, windows replaced,
and exterior drainage installed. This has been a
major undertaking---and we are not quite finished.
If you would like to volunteer some time as a
painter, drywaller, framer, floorer, or roustabout,
please let us know.
A little background: We discovered, in the process
of a minor wall repair, that load bearing elements
had been damaged in an earlier renovation of the
bathrooms (we think in the '40s or '50s).
Experienced workers are always a great help in such
a situation, but even the inexperienced can help.
There is plenty of hauling, holding, lifting, etc.,
and you might just learn some new skills in the
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Need a Place to Live?
Luther House is currently scheduled to have an
opening for the second semester of the '13-'14
academic year. Sometimes additional rooms open up as
students opt for overseas studies. Located directly
behind the Chapel, Luther House is one block from
the Beechhurst PRT and two from the Mountainlair. Contact Chap. Riegel for
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Lutheran Monastery Reaches Out to Collegians
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
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.