Headline News (3/4/2014)
Due to popular demand, we are increasing the number
of opportunities to attend Ash Wednesday services at
the Chapel. Imposition of ashes will be held at
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:45 PM, and 3:00 PM. The rite
of imposition includes the Ash Wednesday penitential
rite. The Eucharist (Holy Communion) will be
included at the 12:00 PM service and will last no
longer than 40 minutes. Imposition alone will last
no longer than 20 minutes.
St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale) will hold
services at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
The Work of Christ
The fifth session of Before the Emperor: Course
on the Augsburg Confession will be Thursday
(3/6), 8:30 - 9:30 PM, in the undercroft of the
Lutheran Campus Chapel. This session will explore
how Lutheran's define "the church."
Chap. Riegel is offering a course on the Augsburg
Confession (1530) every Thursday night. Participants
will explore both core theological convictions as
well as the Lutheran response to a variety of 16th
century abuses. This will be a multiple session
course of study, but jumping in late is not a
problem. There will be "homework" but it will not be
Alternative Alternative Spring Break
Looking for something different for spring break?
Are you looking for something really different?
How does a week in a monastery sound? The Lutheran
Campus Ministry at WVU is in the early stages of
planning a spring break trip to St.
Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine
monastery. Pilgrims--we might as well call it a
pilgrimage--will experience the Benedictine rhythm
of prayer, work, study, and rest. Given that spring
break falls on the first week of Lent this year,
this monastic pilgrimage offers a great start to the
penitential season. While more details will be
forthcoming, interested parties should talk with Chap. Riegel
the retreat's facebook event sooner rather
than later as space will be limited.
Pilgrimage to Pitt: Postponed
WS Titan stymied our "Pilgrimage to Pitt" plans for
this past weekend. We are, however, rescheduled for
March 30. The highlight will be compline at Heinz
Chapel with the Pittsburgh
Compline Choir. The compline choir is, without
question, one of the finest (if not the best)
liturgical choirs in the region, and their singing
of the office is not to be missed. As part of the
road trip, we'll hit a Pittsburgh eatery with our
brothers and sisters at the Lutheran University
Center in Pittsburgh, and, of course, there will be
a stop at Sarris' Candies. We're still looking at
what other fun things might be made part of the
expedition. To RSVP, click
on our facebook event or contact us by e-mail.
Still To Come...
What follows is a list of some of
the things coming up this semester. Get updates
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Lenten Sanctuary Days
Last year, we set aside one day each week of Lent
for an intensified prayer schedule. We're doing it
again. On a sanctuary day, we'll start with matins
and maintain the canonical hours through none. A
simple lunch will be served, and the chapel
sanctuary will be kept open for private prayer. We
will also maintain a quieter observance in the
undercroft to allow for study and reflection.
Sanctuary days will be held March 19, 27, 31, and
April 11. The schedule for the day can be found on
the LCMWVU calendar.
What's the Phos hilaron?
Find out by attending a lenten series on worship.
We've noticed that WVU football provides a guide
to the ritual of a WVU football game. If it is a
good idea to teach that the response to "Let's go"
is "Mountaineers," then the church should really
teach that the response to "In many and various
ways God spoke to his people of old by the
prophets" is "but now in these last days he has
spoken to us by his son." Come learn the ritual of
What would spring be like without a reprise of
our semi-annual paintball outing with our friends
from Pitt/CMU/Carlow? This will be our third
"backyard paintbrawl," keeping the interscholastic
rivalry alive. Prior paintball experience is not
necessary; this is a great way to get introduced
to the hobby. All equipment can be rented from the
paintball park. Check
out the pics from our spring outing on facebook.
Religious Housing: Apply for Luther
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Luther House 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, Luther House 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.
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
Newsletter 2013: Get One?
The annual letter for 2013 went
out much later than we like. If you have not
received on, you can download a PDF of
the 2013 newsletter right here.
What's in the newsletter? On the last page, there
is a fascinating story about Der Rauchergarten,
our cutting edge retro outreach ministry. Inside
you'll meet a two students and an alumna. You'll
also discover how Chapel worship is no longer like
a visit to the warmer districts of Dante's Inferno
and how a paintball battle can bring two campus
ministries together. That's just a taste of what
you'll find, so download
today and feel free to share with a friend,
your congregation, and your third cousin twice
We are totaling the cost of the project. The
electrical work alone cost over $5K. Feel
free to make a donation to the "Building on
Strength Capital Campaign" to help pay for
this much needed work. We accept checks at
our mailing address and credit cards and Paypal
on-line. Please talk with Chap. Riegel if
you are considering a major gift.
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far between, and always about activities and
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and reminders. That way, followers of the
regular twitter feed don't have to be
annoyed by event tweets which they are not
attending. This should really help with road
trips and the like.
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The Luther House has made some significant progress
see we began major structural repairs last 18 months
With the new king beam in place and the 2nd floor
stabilized on the west side of the building, we
could move ahead with finish work in the dining room
and living room. Finally, we have a dining room, and
Christian Thomas is already enjoying it.
More work needs to be done. Most immediately, the NW
bedroom needs to be finished, and, then,
attention needs to be turned to the staircase.
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
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Lutheran Monastery Reaches Out to Collegians
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
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.
Sunday mass transit is limited to the
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.