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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 (10/21/2014)

Reformation Daze!

Our 8-day celebration of the Reformation kicks off Sunday, Oct. 26, with an historic liturgy. Throughout the octave, there will be opportunities for worship, food, and education. Check out the offerings listed below or join our facebook event.

SBHThe Real Red Book Returns

Reformation Sunday (Oct. 26) 7:00 PM mass will feature the hymns of three great Lutheran hymn writers, Philip Nicolai (1608), Johann Heermann (1647), and Paul Gerhardt (1676). Although the original settings of their hymns were typical modal and rhythmic, we'll be singing the isorhythmic settings with Bach (or Bach-like) harmonies that became popular among 20th-century American Lutherans as an example of the on-going attempts at reform and contextualization. All we be set within the Service Book and Hymnal liturgy. The SBH liturgy is a 1958 reworking of the 1888 Common Service. It is remembered for its great 4-part harmonies. After mass, there will be refreshments, and compline will close off the evening at 9:00 PM.

If you would like to learn more about these hymn writers, Aardvark Alley has a great blog post. We invite you join our facebook event for this service.

Reformation Neighbors

Our Presbyterian and Episcopalian campus ministry colleagues, The Rev. Dr. Shelly Barrick Parsons and the Rev. Mike Hadaway, will join us at the Lutheran Chapel as we explore the origins of our respective movements, how they have changed over the last 500 years, and the state of relations between them. This ecumenical panel discussion will be held at the Lutheran Campus Chapel, Monday (Oct. 27), at 7:30 PM. Join our facebook event for this conversation.

WurstIf It's Wurst, It Must Be Good

The annual Wurst Dinner on Campus will be served, Tuesday (Oct. 28), beginning at 6:30 PM. Can't make it at 6:30 PM? We'll continue serving until 7:30 PM. Get ready for delicious wurst and traditional sides. An RSVP would be helpful so that we don't run out of potatoes. The best way to RSVP (and spread the word) is through our facebook event, make your RSVP today.

Road Trip to Gettysburg

We depart early Wednesday (Oct. 29) for the annual Luther Colloquium held on the Gettysburg Seminary campus. Scholars from the USA and Finland will be lecturing on the ecumenical gift of Luther's writings. There will also be an exhibit of rare 16th-century books. There is no charge, and transportation is included. An RSVP is absolutely necessary to arrange for transportation. Lunch will be at Ernie's Texas Lunch, a great Gettysburg tradition. The best way to RSVP is through facebook.

The DecalogueCatechism in Media

Departing from out tradition of showing a "Luther Movie," we'll, instead, hold a showing of the first episode of the The 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. Showing The Decalogue dovetails nicely with our study of Luther's Catechism. Showtime is 8:30 PM on Thursday (Oct. 30). The film is a little under an hour in length. Pop corn and refreshments are on the house. If you would like to learn more about our series of classes on Luther's catechisms, read "Was Ist Das?" further down this page. Though not required, you may RSVP through facebook.

The Sack of RomeCry, "Havoc!"

What do you get when you squeeze all the politics, economics, science, theology, warfare, and sex of the Reformation into a table top game? You get Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555. The Mountaineer War College will be hosting a session of this most amazing (and educational) game. The MWC has found that tag team play works well, especially for novice gamers. So, even if you can only play for two or three hours, don't hesitate to sign up. Also, you are more than welcome to stop by and observe for as long as you like (even if it is for just a few minutes). The Ninety-Five Theses get nailed up (in the game) at 7:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 31---Reformation Day! Observers are welcome anytime. Players need to RSVP via facebook or by e-mail.

Football Saturday

Can't plan anything for Saturday until we know when the game will be held. Stay tuned for an announcement.

Red Book Reprisal

We close off the octave with a reprisal of the SBH liturgy at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 2, (All Souls' Day). Compline follows at 9:00 PM.

Small Catechism coverWas 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.

Our next session, titled, "All Vice and Lewdness," will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 PM. The topic will be the Sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery."

Sessions are held weekly at the Lutheran Campus Chapel on Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to compline). As each session is self-contained, feel free to jump in any week. Copies of the catechisms can be found on-line. For the Small Catechism, click here. For the Large Catechism, click here. Supplemental offerings (totally optional) will pop up from time to time in the form of movies, guest speakers, etc..

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.

LSM LogoLutheran 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.

Young Adults in Global Mission: Recruiter Visit

How does a "a transformative, year-long journey in international service" sound to you? Daniel Crofts from Young Adults in Global Mission (a program of the ELCA's Global Mission program unit) will be on campus Oct. 28 to talk with the curious. He'll be joining us for The Wurst Dinner on Campus, and, after that (possibly before too), there will be an opportunity for more formal conversation. This program is open to ELCA young adults. Deployment ages are 21-29, but it's never too early to talk to a recruiter. RSVP via facebook or contact Chap. Riegel even if you can't make it Tuesday night but are still interested. 

What's LCMWVU?

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 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 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 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.

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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