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St. Paul
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Lutheran 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 (5/27/2014)

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 Reformation tradition. 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 an 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. Let's get to know each other and see where things go from there.

Summer Worship

That title is a little deceiving. The Lutheran Campus Chapel will not hold regular worship services during the summer. Our next regularly scheduled service will be mass on Sunday, August 17, 7:00 PM, the night before fall term classes begin.

St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale) will hold mass every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the summer.

New Student Orientation

We will be engaged in New Student Orientation, hosting a table at the NSO Activities Fair every afternoon of NSO through the month of June. If you are coming to campus, please be sure to visit us at the activities fair. If you are on campus and would like to help staff the table, contact Chap. Riegel.

LutherhausReligious Housing: Apply for Luther House

If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an "oblate house."

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 details. For more information on facebook, click here.

Tenebrae schola 2014Protestant & 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, but we invite you to drop us a line (Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org), call us (304-680-5388), visit us at the New Student Orientation activities fair, or stop by the Chapel when school begins

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. We've begun the work. 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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We resisted for a long time, then, after a demonstration of the ease with which this instrument can be used, we decided to give it a shot.  We will not be incessantly tweeting.  Our purpose will be to use Twitter for breaking news and announcements.  So, you won't be getting updates on what we had for dinner or how great the movie was.  It's as easy as texting "FOLLOW LCMWVU" to 40404. See the most recent posts.

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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 StAugHouse@aol.com or 248-628-5155.

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.

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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