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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 (11/29/2014)

Chapel Reopens

The Lutheran Campus Chapel will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 30, for the celebration of mass for the First Sunday of Advent at 7:00 PM. Compline will follow at 9:00 PM.

Advent preparationAdvent at the Chapel

Advent begins Sunday, Nov. 30, and the Lutheran Campus Chapel enters into the Advent discipline with increased opportunity for private and corporate devotion and thematic changes to the liturgy and Chapel appointments.

Final Fortnight (not quite)

WVU's exam schedule follows again the pattern established last year. Beginning Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 17, sext (midday prayer) and compline (prayer at the close of the day) will be prayed at 12:00 PM and 9:45 PM. Following sext, a light meridian lunch will be available. Ten-chow will follow compline.

Chapel to close for Christmas Recess

The Lutheran Campus Chapel will close on Thursday, Dec. 18, for the Christmas Recess. We will reopen with 7 PM mass for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord on Jan. 11.

Small Catechism coverWas 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.

Our next session, titled, "Honor and Good Report," will be Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 PM. The topic will be the Eighth Commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

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..

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.

Reformation Daze! 2014 in Review

Reformation Daze! 2014 kicked off, on Reformation Sunday (Oct. 26), with a mass using the 1958 Service Book and Hymnal liturgy and hymns by Philip Nicolai (1608), Johann Heermann (1647), and Paul Gerhardt (1676).

Monday night, The Rev. Dr. Shelly Barrick Parsons (Presbyterian Student Fellowship) and The Rev. Mike Hadaway (Canterbury Club) joined Chap. Riegel for an ecumenical panel discussion moderated by WVU Religion major Ken Tolley, exploring the origins of our respective movements, how they have changed over the last 500 years, and the state of relations between them.

The Wurst Dinner on Campus was held Tuesday. Over fifty joined in the annual feast. We were also blessed to have with us Daniel Crofts, a recruiter for Young Adults in Global Mission.

A small entourage headed to Gettysburg, PA, on Wednesday for the annual Luther Colloquium held on the Gettysburg Seminary campus. Attendees heard lectures by scholars from the USA and Finland and also had an opportunity to visit exhibition of rare 16th-century books. Lunch was enjoyed at Earnie's Texas Lunch --- a Gettysburg tradition.

Thursday's "Luther Movie Night" departing from out tradition of showing a "Luther Movie," showing, instead, the first episode of the The Decalogue, an amazing and somewhat disturbing 1989 Polish TV series. The episode, focusing upon the First Commandment, dovetailed nicely with our study of Luther's Catechism.

Friday of Reformation Daze! has become the night to play Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555. The Mountaineer War College hosted the gaming session, and some new students were introduced to the fascinating and complex history of the Reformation.

We closed off the octave with a reprisal of the SBH liturgy structured as a requiem mass in observance of All Souls' Day.

LSM LogoLutheran Student Movement

The Lutheran Student Movement, an officially recognized WVU student club, will reorganize this semester. Student input is sought on a range of questions, including mission and scope of work at WVU, relationship with the national LSM organization, and relationship with the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU. A reorganizational meeting is being planned. More to be posted soon.

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.

Summer Luther House Renovations

The Luther House has made some significant progress since we began major structural repairs two years ago.

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 new term.

Zach vacuums

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 process.

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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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