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.
The Rev. Jerry Kliner, STS, pastor of St. Paul
(Evansdale) will be joining us as preacher for the
Blessing of the Brains, and he will be bringing his
confirmation class with him.
Regular worship scheduled resumes
Until dead week, sext (noon prayer) will be prayed
at 12:00 PM on Wednesdays and compline (night
prayer) at 9:45 PM on Thursdays. These prayer
services are only 10 and 15 minutes in length
respectively. After compline, we often go to the
Mountainlair for WVUp All Night or hold our own
ten-chow (chow at 10:00 PM).
Sunday evening mass is held at 7:00 PM with Sunday
compline at 9:00 PM.
If Sunday evenings don't work for you, St. Paul
Lutheran Church (Evansdale) holds mass at 10:00 AM.
Was Ist Das? Catechesis on
"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.
Sessions will be held weekly at the Lutheran Campus
Chapel on Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to
compline), beginning August 28. Light homework in
the form of reading the appropriate sections of the
catechisms (these are short texts...nothing onerous)
is anticipated. These documents are available
on-line at no cost. For the Small Catechism,
here. For the Large Catehism, click
offerings (totally optional) will pop up from time
to time in the form of movies, guest speakers, etc..
The first of these is anticipated to be a showing of
Decalogue, an amazing and somewhat
disturbing 1989 Polish film--actually a series of
short films. We'll be able to watch this in our much
improved undercroft. Time to be announced.
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.
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.
The first home game is Saturday, August 30. As this
is a night game, we also provide a security detail
during the game at St. Paul. This usually ends up
including a fire, food, and drink. If you're not
into the game itself, this is an interesting
Diners' Club: Mountain
State Brewing Co.
Diners' Club is heading to the Mountain State
Brewing Co., Wednesday, Aug. 27, meeting at the
Chapel at 7:00 PM for the walk down to the
waterfront. Wood-fired, brick oven pizza is the
specialty, and those of age can enjoy some fun micro
brews. Diners' Club is a social evening in which we
hit a local eatery. It is Dutch treat, and the
restaurant cannot be a chain. RSVP through the facebook
event or contact us.
Hot Dog Day
Sept. 9, our favorite men from First Lutheran,
Parkersburg, will be at the Chapel for the 4th
Annual Hot Dog Day. Stop by and grab a dog for
Paintbrawl: Alien Assault
Our paintball outing with (against) Pitt (Carlow,
CMU, and maybe IUP) is scheduled for Saturday,
September 13, and Chaps. Bennett and Riegel have
something different in mind. Three Rivers Paintball
will be holding "Alien Assault" that day, a scenario
based paintball adventure by Mission Masters. Here's
how they describe it: "Extra-terrestrials invade
Earth to seize resources, enslave humans and
propagate their species. A top-secret military task
force responds to investigate alien encounters,
recover physical evidence, and cover up UFO and
alien activity." Slots are limited. RSVP
Pilgrimage to Pitt: Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 28, we'll head north to enjoy
Oktoberfest and attend compline at Heinz Chapel.
More info to come.
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.
How 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
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
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.
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
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
More information will be posted soon. In the
meantime, we invite you to drop us a line
(Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us
Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Lutherhaus is transitioning during this 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
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
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
Lutheran 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.
Summer Luther House
The Luther House has made some significant progress
since we began major structural repairs two years
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
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