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." We
leave early in the morning (around 7:15 AM). There
will be a cookout at the conclusion of hostilities.
Slots are limited. RSVAP ASAP at our facebook
event or contact us by
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 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,
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.
We had a most enjoyable evening at the Mountain
State Brewing Co., Wednesday, Aug. 27, that doubled
as an opportunity to bid farewell to one of doctoral
students who departed the next day for Europe.
Diners' Club isn't really a club. There is no
membership list, dues, etc.. It is solely an
opportunity to get together for a meal and, in the
process, explore Morgantown's interesting local
eateries. Diners' Club outing are Dutch treat, and
the restaurant cannot be a chain. If you want to be
kept informed about future outings---there will be
one in September---subscribe to
one of our communications services.
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
Pilgrimage to Pitt: Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 28, we'll head north to enjoy
Oktoberfest and attend compline at Heinz Chapel.
More info to come.
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.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Chapel has acquired a bell. It's not a great
bell. The tone isn't very nice, and the ring action
is less than we could have hoped. It was, however,
cheap (really cheap), and we were tired of waiting
until we are gifted with a real church bell. It is
mounted (photos to come), and we have already stuck
it to announce compline. See, that's the point:
people should be reminded that it is time to pray.
As with the old village church, we will be ringing
the bell for the prayer offices and mass.
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.
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