και μη συσχηματζεσθε τω αιωνι
τουτω,αλλα μεταμορφουσθε τη ανακαινωσει
εις το δοκιμαζειν υμας τι το θελημα τομ
θεου, το αγαθον και ευαρεστον και τελειον.
Headline News (5/12/2013)
Chapel "Closes" for the Summer...Not Really
The Lutheran Campus Chapel held its last regular
worship service for the academic year Friday night:
a surprisingly well-attended compline---most years,
pretty much everyone is gone by then.
No services will be held tonight (Sunday, May 12).
The next regularly scheduled service will be Sunday
mass, August 18, 7:00 PM.
During the summer, our practice has been to shift
gears and focus on renovations & repairs, new
student orientation, and deferred administrative
activities. So, we're not hibernating though the
pace is a little more relaxed than that of the
There is always the possibility that a mid-summer
worship service or two, an educational offering, a
fellowship event, or service opportunity may arise.
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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, September 7, 2013.
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Harlem Shake Video
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Our second foray into the world of YouTube
is a parody of the "Harlem Shake" meme.
In the midst of the confusion and frenetic
chaos of the post-modern campus, the
Lutheran Campus Chapel is a place of peace.
Cars blare music as they pass and drunken
pedestrians shout vulgarities, but compline
(night prayer) becomes a space of silence.
Students and faculty rush in quotidian
distraction from class to class, but sext
(noonday prayer) becomes a moment of
transcendent focus. Why should a campus
ministry ever become like the world when the
one thing we so desperately need is an
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"For God is not a God of confusion but of
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A new chalice & paten set, given in memory of
The Rev. Donald Anderson by his niece, Judy Baker,
has been dedicated and is now in use at the
Lutheran Campus Chapel.
Pr. Anderson was a son of
the St. Paul Lutheran Church, baptized &
confirmed when St. Paul still stood where our
Chapel does today. A WVU alumnus, we might
legitimately claim him as well: click
here for a full obituary.
The chalice & paten where personally
acquired from a shop in Manger Square,
Bethlehem, Palestine. The set is made of
olive wood, and the chalice is marked
"Jerusalem" around the lip.
"I had the
privilege of 'inheriting' Don's pulpit when
I served Trinity Lutheran Church, Keyser,
WV, Don's first and only parish call,"
explains Chap. Riegel. "Don was a beloved
pastor in the history of the congregation,
and, forty years later, his memory was still
revered. Having the opportunity to not only
chat with him during his visits but also to
work with him on a funeral, I can attest to
his humble and gracious spirit. Judy choose
this chalice because of its simplicity. I
can think of no better reflection of his
spirit and commitment to the work of 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
You can help us cover the expense of these
major structural repairs by donating on-line
(we accept major credit cards). Just click
the button at right and follow the somewhat
intuitive instructions---PayPal account not
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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
Monastic Retreat & Research Seminars (Christmas
Break and Spring Break)
In conjunction with Project Connect, Riegel plans to lead to
retreats to St.Augustine's House over the university breaks.
Things are still in the planning phase, but it's not too
early to express
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.
Sunday mass transit is limited to
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.