Kicking off 2014-2015
Less than two weeks away! So, what's on deck for the
start of 2014-2015? Read on...
Worship at the Start of the School Year
First Sunday: Our first regular mass (Holy
Communion service) will be Sunday, August 17, 7:00
PM. Compline (night prayer) will be prayed at 9:00
Prayer: Throughout the first week, we will
hold sext (noon prayer) and compline every weekday
at 12:00 noon and 9:45 PM respectively. These are
short prayer services following the monastic
tradition and form of prayer. They last 10 and 15
minutes respectively. If you are feeling the least
bit stressed with the start of school, these prayer
services are a sure balm.
Blessing of the Brains: We conclude the first
week with "Blessing of the Brains" at Sunday 7:00 PM
mass, August 24. This rite provides the opportunity
to offer special prayers for the academic year and
to receive a blessing. This is not just for
students. Faculty and staff also are invited to get
their brains blessed. Compline will be prayed at
9:00 PM, and there will be an opportunity for a
blessing after that service for anyone who couldn't
make the 7:00 PM mass.
We know that many dorms hold their mandatory
meetings on Sunday evening. Yep, that's
inconvenient. You have some choices. Compline is
late enough that it probably will not interfere.
Coming to a service late and/or leaving early is OK.
If you really want to push the envelop, tell with
your RA that you have a religious obligation and
that the matter can be taken up with the Office for
Social Justice if there is a problem with that.
If Sunday evening doesn't work for you, St. Paul
Lutheran Church (Evansdale) holds mass at 10:00 AM.
Lastly, The Rev. Jerry Kliner, STS, pastor of St.
Paul (Evansdale) will be joining is for the first
two Sunday services, and Chap. Riegel will be
joining St. Paul.
Last year, we served up 2100 cups of cool,
refreshing lemonade. The annual lemonade stand is
our way of saying "welcome" (or "welcome back," as
the case may be) to WVU. Stop by the Lutheran Campus
Chapel (on the downtown campus directly across from
the Wise Library) on Monday or Tuesday of the first
week of classes. We usually start service no later
than 10:30 AM and keep going until the late
afternoon. Hot weather, however, can push an earlier
start. The lemonade comes no strings attached. No
charge. No forms. No indenture. Hope to see you.
Anyone interested in helping with lemonade by taking
a shift, should contact Chap.
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'll take 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.
will be held weekly at the Lutheran Campus Chapel on
Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to compline),
beginning the second week of classes. Light homework
in the form of reading the appropriate sections of
the catechisms (these are short texts...nothing
onerous). These documents are available on-line at
no cost. For the Small Catechism, click
here. For the Large Catehism, click
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. This is not for students only.
Ten-Chow = Chow at 10:00 PM
It's normal for us to have a little snack after
weekday complines, and this year will be no
exception. Nothing fancy ... could be ice cream ...
could be pepperoni rolls ... could be dogs.
Thursday's post-compline repast, however, will be a
welcome back ten-chow. So anticipate something
If we have a hot first week (and no unexpected heavy
rain), we might just road trip to one of the area
swimming holes. This will be a spur of the moment
thing. We'll post it on our
facebook page, but the best way not to be left
out of the loop is to subscribe to our text message
service (through twitter) by texting "follow LCMWVU"
Service Opportunity: Football Parking
Football at WVU means, among other things, cars ...
lots of cars ... and they have to park somewhere.
St. Paul Lutheran Church has been raising money for
local charities through football parking for years.
It's light duty and takes only a few hours before
the game. Last year, over $10,000 was raised and
distributed to local homeless, hunger, and emergency
ministries. The Lutheran Campus Ministry also
receives an annual gift from the parking committee.
If you're interested in helping out, contact of talk to Chap.
Riegel. First game is Satruday, August 30.
Don't know where or when (because we do this with
participant input and not enough folks are back
yet), but we do know that we will be holding a
Diners' Club outing the second or third week of
school. Diners' Club is a social evening in which we
hit a local eatery. It is Dutch treat, and the
restaurant cannot be a chain. Past Diners' Clubs
have visited the Kenyan Cafe, Puglioni's, Chaang
Thai, Yama, Ogawa, The Rusted Musket, and Mother
India, among others. Just like we mentioned in the
Mountain Dip article above, we'll post on facebook,
but the best way to get breaking news is through the
text messaging service (text "follow LCMWVU" to
Hot Dog Day
We have a tentative date for Hot Dog Day, but it
isn't confirmed yet. As soon as the Men's Group from
First Lutheran, Parkersburg have given us a
confirmation, we'll be posting more info.
Our paintball outing with (against) Pitt (Carlow,
CMU, and maybe IUP) is tentatively scheduled for
Saturday, September 13. We'll post more info when
the date is confirmed.
Pilgrimage to Pitt: Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 28, we'll head north to enjoy
Oktoberfest and attend compline at Heinz Chapel.
More info to come.
Coming to WVU?
To all the incoming WVU students (first years,
transfers, and new grad students), welcome!
Welcome also to the parents, pastors, family
members, significant others, and friends of the
same! This will be as much a transition for you as
it is for them.
We invite you to explore this website as your first
step to getting to know us. Truth be told: the
website doesn't do us justice. We can tell you
through print media (even on-line print media) about
ourselves, but that is not the same as experiencing
the Lutheran Campus Ministry.
How does one
describe who we are and what we do? We can use
phrases like "smells & bells" or "Fides
quaerens intellectum" (faith seeking
understanding). We can boast about our sanctuary and
lounge, mention our confraternity and on-site
housing. The list could go on, but, at some point,
you'll just have to "come and see" as the disciple
Here's our promise to you: You get to walk through
the door, experience what's going on, and, then, you
are absolutely free to walk right back out. We're
not a cult. We don't hold people captive.
We also don't pretend to be what we are not. We're
not the largest, the loudest, or the flashiest
campus ministry. We are a place for prayer. We are a
place of Word & Sacrament as preached and
administered in the tradition of the Lutheran
Reformation. We are place for exploring the depths
of theology, history, and Holy Writ. We are a place
for a meal, a game of Scrabble, a siesta, a study
session, and even an escape from the craziness of
So, stop on by. Get some lemonade. Join us for
compline or sext. Drop us a line. Keep in contact
through social media and
emailings. Let's get to know each other and
see where things go from there.
Protestant & Monastic?
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 has 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
The confraternity is open to men and women,
students, faculties, staff, and members of the
local community. Before joining, one can explore
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
also provides devotional resources, periodic
communal meals, an option for religious housing,
and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran
More information will be posted soon. In the
meantime, we invite you to drop us a line
(Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us
Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Lutherhaus will transition during the 2014-2015 into
an "oblate house" in which 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
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
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
Undercroft to Open Aug 18
The undercroft (the Chapel's
lower level) will open to students, faculty, and
staff August 18. The undercroft offers a lounge,
kitchen, library (which we will still be
unboxing), and WiFi. There are even lockers if you
need a place to stash things while in class, etc..
Feel free to relax, study, chat, cook/eat, or even
take a nap in this conveniently located escape
from university facilities.
Summer Undercroft Renovations
Last summer, we demolished and rebuilt the restrooms
and kitchen in the Chapel. This summer, we finish
off the undercroft. To the right is only part of the
Gannt chart for this project. Work is nearly
completed, but some finishing touches will be
on-going. Pray for us.
Summer Luther House
The Luther House has made some significant progress
since we began major structural repairs two years
With the west end of the building stabilized and
reinforced---a project requiring new interior
footers, two king beams, a good deal of jacking,
sistering of floor joists and construction of
replacement load-bearing walls, not to mention the
removal of more concrete than should ever have been
poured on a second floor---we were able to reopen
the dining room---you can see Christian enjoying it
in the photo below---and the living room. The NW
bedroom will be ready for use by the start of the
Attention has been turned to stabilization and
reinforcement of the east end of the house which
includes the staircase. The cosmetics on the living
room and renovation of the kitchen cannot take place
until this structural issue is addressed.
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