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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 (8/8/2014)

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 PM.

Blessing of the BrainsDaily 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.

LemonadeLemonade Stand

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. Riegel.

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.

Small Catechism coverSessions 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 here.

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 special.

Water slideMountain Dip

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" to 40404.

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.

Diners' Club

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 40404).

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.

Backyard Paintbrawl

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.

Come and seeHow 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 would say.

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 college.

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.

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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 Benedictine traditions.

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 monastery.

More information will be posted soon. In the meantime, we invite you to drop us a line ( 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 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 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.

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.

GanntSummer 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 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 or 248-628-5155.

For more information about St. Augustine's House, visit 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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