|Headline News (5/30/2013)
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Compline for Synod Assembly
Compline will be held Friday, May 31, 10:00 PM,
at the Lutheran Campus Chapel, as a special
offering in connection with the West
Virginia-Western Maryland Synod Assembly. The
compline is open to all though a special
invitation is being given to the members of the
synod assembly to join in.
If you are one of our regulars, your help would
be appreciated. Many of the synod assembly
attendees are not familiar with compline. Your
participation and hospitality would assist our
guests. A few ushers would also be a good idea.
Please let Riegel know
if you can help out.
New Student Orientation
In just one week, campus will be swarming with
incoming students, relatives, and friends receiving
orientation for the 2013-2014 academic year. The
Lutheran Campus Ministry will be staffing an
information booth at the Student Organization Fair
held 2:00-4:00 every orientation day in the Vandalia
Lounge in the Mountainlair. If you are visiting
campus, come and see us. If you are already a
Lutheran Campus Ministry participant, you are
invited to help staff the information booth one or
more afternoons. Contact
Riegel to get scheduled.
Irregular Summer Worship at the Chapel
The Lutheran Campus Chapel held its last regular
worship service for the academic year Friday night,
May 10: a surprisingly well-attended compline---most
years, pretty much everyone is gone by then.
Normally, there would be no regularly scheduled
service until the new academic year begins (this
year: Sunday mass, 18 August 2013, 7:00 PM). While
nothing is scheduled regularly for this summer, we
have already and will continue to hold irregularly
scheduled worship. E.g., compline has been prayed
twice already since exams ended and, in addition to
the synod assembly compline (supra), will be
prayed this Thursday, 9:45 PM.
If you would like to be notified about summer
worship at the chapel (and other activities in the
educational and social dimensions of the ministry),
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messaging service (provided through Twitter). It is
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Worship updates will also be posted on this homepage
but less reliably--just being honest.
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Paintball with Pitt...Next Year
The Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU wishes to
express its gratitude to Pr. Brian Bennett of the
Lutheran Campus Ministry of Great Pittsburgh for all
his work in arranging the paintball reservation at
Three Rivers Paintball Park. Pr. Bennett suggested,
a several weeks back, that a joint outing of the WVU
and the Pitt/CMU/Carlow students would be a great
deal of fun. Sadly, his students left him fly
solo...against 14 from WVU. We had a wonderful time
running around the woods on April 6. Several
paintball first-timers joined in the festivities,
and, despite some initial trepidation on the part of
some, all had a rollicking good time. The WVU
contingent was a mix of current students, alumni,
members of St. Paul, and friends. The universal
opinion: this must be done again. So, the Lutheran
Campus Ministry at WVU hereby challenges the
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Pitt etc. to come out
from hiding and face us on the field of battle on
Saturday, 7 September 2013.
Two Things We Didn't Want To Lose
There is already a lot of stuff on this page. In an
effort to clean it up a little, we removed several
stories, but there are two we don't want to lose
quite yet. Click here
to read about our rather unusual Harlem Shake video
and about the memorial chalice that was put into
service this past Lent.
Annual Letter 2012 On-Line
Want to know what we've been up to. Read out
newsletter. You can download
your copy by clicking here. If you would like
a hard copy, contact us.
A separate annual fund raising letter (the
"Beseechment for Benevolent Benefaction") is also
it by clicking here.
Open House for Synod Assembly
A few years ago, we help a ceremonial groundbreaking
for the Chapel renovations. Since then, the nations
has experienced a major economic collapse and the
ELCA has struggled with controversy. The combination
delayed the start of renovations, but we are now
making progress. To date, new high efficiency
furnaces, air conditioning, and commercial
dehumidifier have been installed in the chapel, the
driveway has been repaired, and partial installation
of an office suite has been completed. At the same
time, major structural work has been on-going in the
Lutherhaus. Below, you can read about other projects
that are scheduled for the summer.
We invite you to stop by and see the work in
progress. The Lutheran Campus Chapel and Lutherhaus
will be open to touring Saturday, June 1, for two
hours following the adjournment of the West
Virginia-Western Maryland Synod Assembly.
Summer Chapel Renovations
The next phase of the Chapel renovations commences
this summer. The kitchen and restrooms will be
demolished and rebuilt. New features will include
showers in each restroom, significantly increased
cabinet space, and the addition of some major
appliances (dishwasher, double convection oven, and
induction stove top). The renovations are scheduled
to be completed before the start of the new academic
year. The improvements in the kitchen will help
reduce visible clutter and provide resources that
make large meals (e.g., the Wurst Dinner on Campus)
much easier to execute. The conversion of the
restrooms into bathrooms will allow us to host
visiting groups (e.g., church youth groups and
service teams). If you would like to visit and see
the work in progress, please
You can support the renovations of the Chapel
(particularly the kitchen and rest rooms) by
donating or volunteering your labor. Again, contact us to discuss the
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Luther House Repairs
The Luther House is undergoing a major structural
repairs. Walls and ceilings are being demoed and
rebuilt, floors jacked back up, windows replaced,
and exterior drainage installed. This has been a
major undertaking---and we are not quite finished.
If you would like to volunteer some time as a
painter, drywaller, framer, floorer, or roustabout,
please let us know.
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.