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St. Paul
St.Paul Luth. Church
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Confessional ♦ Orthodox ♦ Liturgical

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 (8/5/2015)

Major Redesign Coming

We're redesigning our website, but it is not yet ready for prime time. We apologize that this update has been so long in the coming, but we had hoped the redesign would be completed by now. In the meantime, we promise to be more diligent in posting information vital to the beginning of the school year. Light a candle for us.

Chapel Reopens August 16

We never really closed this summer, but our normal slate of worship, educational, and other offerings has been set aside for the summer as we focus on renovations, NSO, and administrative matters. We reopen for worship on Sunday, August 16, with mass at 7:00 PM and compline (night prayer) at 9:00 PM.

LemonadeLemonade Stand

We welcome everyone to campus with the annual "Lemonade Stand" on the first Monday and Tuesday of classes. Stop by the chapel for a refreshing glass of lemonade.

First Week Prayers

Take a deep breath during the crazy, hectic, noisy first week of classes. Sext (noon prayer) and compline (night prayer) offer an alternative to the stress of the first week by creating a little silence in the midst of the noise, a little calm in the midst of the chaos, and a little sanity in the midst of the insanity. These prayer services last 10 and 15 minutes in length and are prayed every weekday during the first week at 12:00 PM and 9:45PM. They follow venerable forms with origins dating back more than 1500. Ask any of our recent alumni, and they will tell you that, more than anything else, they miss these services.

BrainsBlessing of the Brains

Our celebratory (and intercessory) mass for the start of the academic year will include (what we like to call) the "Blessing of the Brains." In addition to special prayers for the academic life, students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to receive a personal blessing. The mass is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, 7:00 PM. If your dorm has a "mandatory" meeting at that time, talk to your RA or RIFFLE about getting excused for a religious observance. As the BurmaShave on Hough street says, "Be a scholar | Don't be dull | Join us Sunday | We'll bless your skull," or, to put it another way, "Don't wait until finals to pray; front load some divine assistance."

Hot Dog Day

The men's group from First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, are returning to campus Monday, August 24, with a few hundred hot dogs. Stop by the Chapel around lunch time for a free dog. This is their gift and "welcome to WVU."

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Monastic Retreat

We are planning a retreat to St. Augustine's House Lutheran Monastery for Labor Day weekend. Those joining us will experience the Benedictine rhythm of daily prayer (seven canonical hours), daily mass, study, work, and rest. Two of our number joined Chap. Riegel for part of spring recess at the monastery this past year. They reported having an amazing time. Yet another of our students, who joined Riegel for a retreat over the Christmas recess, made his own personal retreat there this summer. Obviously, there is something special about the place. If you are the least been intrigued but can't do it our first long weekend of the term, don't worry. We will look into retreats of different lengths in conjunction with the various breaks in the academic term.

OktoberfestPilgrimage to Pitt

Since fall 2000, we've made our "Pilgrimage to Pitt" every semester. We're still working on details for this fall's pilgrimage, but we can tell you what is guaranteed. The highlight, of course, is compline at Heinz Chapel with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, the premier volunteer liturgical choir in the region. Many years ago, we learned to schedule this trip for late September so that we can enjoy Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh. Depending on the size of the group, we will either hit the Hofbräuhaus or Max's Allegheny Tavern. Either way, it will be good food (and good drink for those of legal age). We might also take in a local attraction. RSVP and facebook event will be posted soon, but start looking at your availability for the last weekends in September.

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 by September. Lock & load!

Riegel weddingChaplain Riegel Elected Synod Bishop

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 assumes 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 will assume duties as campus ministry administrator. 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 will have 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, will take lead in ensuring that the prayer offices, the principle support and expression of the spiritual life of the ministry, will continue unabated. Indeed, Lago has mentioned that she would like to see expansion of offerings in this area.

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 signed aspirancy before the end of this past academic year. Postulancy will begin for those aspirants wishing to continue during 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 1½ 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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