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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 (5/17/2016)

Summer Hiatus

The regular academic year is over and, as WVU enters Summer Term, the Lutheran Campus Ministry enters hiatus until the start of the 2016 Fall Term.

During the summer, we will be available by phone (304-296-5388) and e-mail (Chaplain@LutheranMountaineer.org).

Summer Worship

Regular weekly mass is held at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale) at 10:00 AM each Sunday. St. Paul is located on Patteson Drive next to the Arby's. Members of the academic community are always welcome.

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Lemonade Tower

Thinking about the Fall

Believe it or not, the Fall Term is only three months away. While planning for the new school year hasn't yet begun in earnest, there are some things you can count on.

Lemonade Stand

We don't even know when this tradition began, but we know it will continue. Thirsty students, faculty, and staff can pause on their stroll along University Avenue to get a refreshing glass of lemonade on the Chapel lawn located directly across the street from the Downtown Campus Library. Look for the Lemonade Stand on the first Monday and Tuesday of classes.

Blessing of the Brains

Why wait until exams for Divine intervention. Get your brains blessed at this festive mass for the start of the school year. This is usually held the first Sunday after classes begin. The service includes prayers for the start of the new academic year and the opportunity for an individual blessing. As we like to say, "Be a scholar; don't be dull. Join us Sunday. We'll bless your skull."

Paintbrawl

Backyard Paintbrawl

OK, we're guessing that our friends at Pitt/CMU/Carlow are going to be up for this. If they are, it will be the fifth annual Backyard Paintbrawl. No prior experience needed. Equipment can be rented at the park. Transportation and lunch provided. It's a  a rollicking good time playing paintball with/against our friends from the Lutheran University Center Pittsburgh. Lock & load!

Pilgrimage to Pitt

Since Fall 2000, we've road tripped to Pitt every semester for compline (night prayer) at Heinz Chapel with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, one of the finest liturgical choirs in the region. Many begin the pilgrimage with a degree of skepticism, but all return eager to do it again. Sadly, many don't try it until their senior year only to say afterwards, "I wish I had done this when I was a frosh." Yes, it really is that amazing, transcendent, and sublime.

Sarris' Fall 2015Almost immediately, we added some extra fun to the pilgrimage. A stop at Sarris' Candies for ice cream and chocolate is a must---we nearly had a rebellion on our hands when this wasn't planned on year. We also like to find an interesting restaurant and take in one of the sites.

The Fall pilgrimage has traditionally been associated with Oktoberfest, meaning delicious German food in Pittsburgh. Past sites include the second largest relic collection in the world, The Phipps Conservatory, Old Economy Village, and The Center for Post-Natural History.

Final Fortnight

The 2016-2017 academic year ended with out traditional series of worship and meals plus a little excitement.

Daily prayer offices were held, as is our custom, throughout the exam time. Many outside the campus environment have asked, "Why do you hold additional services during a time when students probably want to study?" Well, we've found that more than few students enjoy the opportunity to pray and find some peace and quiet in the midst of exams. The meals at noon and in the evening (after compline) also prove popular.

MFDThis year, we had some added excitement. The incense at compline set off the smoke detector. An engine from the Morgantown Fire Department soon arrived---dispatched from our safety service. This has only happened three times since the installation of the current alarm system more than ten years ago. It has only happened at the end of the Spring Term and, then, only during exam week. This time, it was the very last compline of the academic year.

We have nothing but praise for the Morgantown Fire Department and its speedy and professional response. We did note that the firefighters seemed somewhat relieved that it wasn't a couch fire.

End of Year Retreat

A small group from the Lutheran Campus Ministry made their way to St. Augustine's House, the only Lutheran Benedictine monastery in the Western Hemisphere for a few days of retreat. While on retreat, the pilgrims from WVU participated in the seven daily prayer offices and mass, Lectio Divina, the common meals, and silence. Over the last few years, multiple trips have been made to the monastery. Think about joining us for this unique experience. St. Augustine's House is located in Oxford, MI.

Chaplain Search in Progress

The Board of Directors of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU is conducting a search for a new chaplain.

The open application period will close May 31, 2016. Until that time, applicants for the position of chaplain may submit a letter of interest. Likewise, anyone is welcome to nominate/recommend someone for the position. Letters of interest and/or nominations/recommendations should be sent to Sampson@LutheranMountaineer.org with copies to Chaplain@LutheranMountaineer.org and Bishop@WV-WMD.org. If you have questions, please feel free to write to those addresses or call 304-296-5388 (The Chapel Office) or 304-680-5388 (Bishop Riegel).

Job Title: Chaplain
Status: Full-Time
Ecclesiastical Affiliation: Lutheran
Ecclesiastical Standing: Ordained (Pastor)
Job Description
Statement of Values

To download the job description, click here. To download the accompanying statement of values, click here.

The board engaged in a deliberate and careful process over the course of several months aimed at clarifying the values and principles of the ministry at WVU. At the same time, they engaged in reassessment of internal operations with an eye to strengthening the support structures that undergird the ministry.

The Rev. Rt. Matthew Lynn Riegel, S.T.M., chaplain of the Lutheran Campus Ministry from 2000 to 2015, was elected June 6 by the 2015 Assembly of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod to the office of synodical bishop. He left the campus ministry to assume duties in his new position on Sept. 1. Riegel followed The Rev. Dr. Jerry Robbins who held the post for 35 years.

The board projects that a new chaplain will be in place for the start of academic year 2016-2017. During the interim, LTC (ret.) Matt Sampson has been serving 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 has primary responsibility for all back office operations and oversight and coordination of ministry functions.

During the interim, the students in the Ev. Oblates of St. Benedict, our initiative to create a Lutheran Benedictine confraternity at WVU, took the lead in ensuring that the prayer offices, the principle support and expression of the spiritual life of the ministry, continued unabated. Area clergy covered the evening masses, and Pr. Jerry Kliner, our pastor loci, remained on call for pastoral care emergencies.

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?

In 2014-2015, we committed to the formation of a confraternity, a local group of people who desire to enter into a deeper, more disciplined spirituality shaped by 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 life in a confraternity as a guest, and then as an aspirant and postulant, without making formal commitments.

First PostulantsIn 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 Fall Term 2015. Since then, attrition is normal in a collegiate environment. Two remain residential on campus. Another graduated but remains connected though in Charleston. A fourth remains connected from Japan. The remaining three have pursed alternative housing options.

Who does one get involved? 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 became 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 $600 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 or graduate mid-year.

The Lutherhaus will be closed during the 2016-2017 academic year for renovations. Nevertheless, start thinking ahead for housing next year.

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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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