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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 (9/26/2015)

Students To Attend Bishop's Installation

Saturday, Sept. 26, The Rt. Rev. Matthew Lynn Riegel, S.T.M., will be installed as the third bishop of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at Wesley Chapel, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV. A group of students will carpool to WVWC to join in the liturgy.

Live streaming of the installation-mass will be available at 1:00 PM at http://livestream.com/accounts/14798674/events/4283699.

The offering for the installation-mass has been designated for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU. Those unable to attend the mass or preferring to make an on-line donation can do so here by clicking the button below.

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PaintbrawlBackyard Paintbrawl

The fourth annual Backyard Paintbrawl is scheduled for Saturday, October. 3, at Three Rivers Paintball Park. Join us for a rollicking good time playing paintball with/against our friends from the Lutheran University Center Pittsburgh. We carpool to 3RPP. Lunch is provided. After the paintbrawl, we adjourn to the Bennett residence for a cookout. Rentals of paintball equipment is available at 3RPP. Mark your calendars. RSVP and fbevent will be posted soon. Lock & load!

Oblates Add Tuesday Compline

The Ev. Oblates of St. Benedict, our Lutheran Benedictine Confraternity, recently expanded the prayer offerings at the Lutheran Campus Chapel by adding compline on Tuesday nights at 9:45 PM. That makes three complines each week: Sunday at 9:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursday at 9:45 PM. Sext is still prayed at 12:00 PM on Sundays. These prayer offices offer an antidote to the frenetic pace of the campus and last 10-15 minutes. Usually led by students, the liturgies follow ancient forms. Feel free to drop by and experience it for yourself.

Lemonade TowerThe First Month Down

The Lutheran Campus Ministry got off to a roaring start with a busy first fortnight. Lemonade Stand, a perennial favorite, served up some refreshment the hot first days of the term. Twice daily prayer set the spiritual tone during the first week, that closed out with Blessing of the Brains. The second week, our friends from First Lutheran, Parkersburg, brought us the fifth annual Hot Dog Day, and a Diners' Club outing for burritos was thoroughly enjoyed. The fortnight concluded with a "end of tenure" mass for Chap. Riegel followed by compline with the induction of the first postulants in our Lutheran Benedictine confraternity.

First Postulants

Sarris' Fall 2015Throughout the first part of September, prayer services and masses have been held as usual with the members of the confraternity leading the prayer offices and guest clergy saying mass. Three of our students headed to St, Augustine's House for a short retreat. Diners' Club went Greek. Pilgrimage to Pitt took in Kentuck Knob, Sarris' Candies, and the Hofbrauhaus before heading to Pitt for compline.

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Riegel weddingChaplain Leaves To Assume Bishopric

The Rev. Matthew Lynn Riegel, S.T.M., chaplain of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, was elected June 6 by the 2015 Assembly of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod to the office of synodical bishop. He assumed duties in this new position on Sept. 1.

A special meeting of our Board of Directors has confirmed plans for the interim and received information related to the call process for a new chaplain from Ralph Bishop Dunkin and Regional Coordinator Nancy Gable.

"It is our priority, as a campus ministry," stated Riegel, "to attend to the spiritual needs of the academic community. The departure of one chaplain and the eventual call of another does not change that."

LTC (Ret.) Matt Sampson assumed duties as campus ministry administrator on Sept. 1. Sampson has been a fixture around the Chapel for the last several years as participant worship services, educational, and fellowship programming. Sampson brings with him tremendous experience as a program manager and leader, including working directly with students as Professor of Military Science and commanding officer of WVU's Army ROTC not too many years ago. Sampson has primary responsibility for all back office operations and oversight and coordination of ministry functions.

Katie Lago, a senior at WVU, in her role as "senior" of the Ev. Oblates of St. Benedict, our initiative to create a Lutheran Benedictine confraternity at WVU, takes lead in ensuring that the prayer offices, the principle support and expression of the spiritual life of the ministry, will continue unabated.

Collectively, with Sampson and support from the interested friends of the ministry, the students are being asked to spearhead the fellowship functions of the ministry (e.g., Pilgrimage to Pitt and Diners' Club).

Area clergy will be asked to support our educational ministry through the offering of classes and special presentations. Pr. Jerry Kliner, our pastor loci, has been asked to respond to emergency and attend to pastoral care issues.

Monk half faceProtestant & Monastic?

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 as an aspirant and 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?

We already have. Seven enrolled as postulants at the end of the first fortnight of this new academic year.

Does that mean it is too late to get involved? Not at all. If you are interested (or merely curious), feel free to join in the prayer services and various aspects of oblate life as a guest. We'd also 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).

LutherhausWhat's this about housing?

Lutherhaus becomes an "oblate house" (or "confraternity house") with the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. As a privilege and aid to oblate life, members of the confraternity have the option, limited by availability, of living in Lutherhaus.

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 $550 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.

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.

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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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