to the Fall Term
Move-in Day is Friday, August 16. The Lutheran Campus Chapel
will be putting things in order up to the last minute. We've
been renovating yet again this summer. In an effort to make
sure that we are ready for the term itself, we've suspended
some of our prelude activities. You're still welcome to stop
by the chapel for a sneak preview. Work crews and the Luther
House residents should be around. Official opening is...
First Sunday ---
Hit worship before your classes begin. The Lutheran Campus
Chapel offers mass at 7:00 PM on Sunday night and compline
(a 15-minute night prayer service) at 9:00 PM. If you prefer
mornings, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale campus) offers
mass at 10:00 AM.
If you opt for the morning service at St. Paul, don't make
lunch plans. Chap. Riegel traditionally takes any students
(grad or undergrad) out to lunch after the morning service.
Regardless of which you attend, you will the opportunity to
meet both Chap. Riegel, and Pr. Jerry Kliner (St. Paul
Lutheran Church). At both services on August 16.
There will be refreshments between mass and compline in the
evening at the Chapel. More importantly, there will be air
Beat the heat with a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade.
We've been serving up free lemonade as our "welcome to
campus" for, at least, three decades. The lemonade stand
will be on the Chapel lawn at the corner of University and
Hough (directly across from the Wise Library). Best lemonade
in town...2100 patrons can't be wrong!
Every weekday of the first week of classes, we will pray
sext (10-minute midday prayer) at 12:00 noon and compline
(15-minute night prayer) at 9:45 PM. Whether it is
excitement or anxiety that you are experiencing, these brief
prayer services provide a spiritual center to the day. After
the first week is over, we'll revert to our regular schedule
of three prayer offices weekly.
Blessing of the
Brains -- Sunday, August 23
Don't wait until exams to start praying! Get your brains
blessed now! Sunday, August 23, we offer a rite of blessing
for the opening of the academic year, including individual
blessings for students, faculty, and staff, as part of our
Sunday 7:00 PM mass.
from Morgantown: Mountain Dip
Campus is great but there is a lot of wild and wonderful
West Virginia beyond. In the event of a convenient hot
afternoon, we'll head off campus for one of the regional
swimming holes. Bring your bathing suit for a dip in the
cool, refreshing waters of the Appalachians. Not all God's
waters are in cement ponds.
Hot Dog Day
We've heard from the men of Fist Lutheran Church,
Parkersburg: Hot Dog Day is a go! Monday, August 24, they'll
be serving up hot dogs to hungry students as their way of
saying, "Welcome to WVU." Stop by in the late morning
through early afternoon.
Explore Morgantown eateries with the Diners' Club. There is
no agenda other than good food (and good company). Two
rules: 1) must be a local establishment (no chains) and 2)
Dutch treat. We typically have an outing each month. Our
first outing will be in the second week of the term. Details
(where and when) will be announced by the second Sunday
worship service. Check our the homepage or the facebook page
Opportunity -- Football Parking
Help park cars for the football game and support several
local charities in the process. St. Paul Lutheran Church
(Evansdale) parks cars for WVU football games, distributing
the proceeds to various local groups. The lot is always full
well before kick-off (at least 30 minutes but sometimes an
hour), so you don't have to miss the game if you have
tickets. If you are interested in helping out, contact Chap.
-- Saturday, October 3
Just because WVU football no longer plays Pitt is no reason
to kill a good rivalry. We've challenged the Lutheran Campus
Ministry serving Pitt, CMU, and Carlow to a day of paintball
at the Three Rivers Paintball Park. Our spring paintball
outing was ridiculous fun. Weapons and safety gear can be
rented at the park. First-timers are welcome. Please RSVP by
contacting Chap. Riegel or through the facebook event.
Pilgrimage to Pitt
Every semester we make a
pilgrimage to Pitt for compline at Heinz Chapel with the
Pittsburgh Compline Choir. Upperclassmen will attest that
this is a singular beautiful worship service not to be
missed. We could claim that the timing of this pilgrimage
will take place at Oktoberfest is purely coincidental, but,
while we are there, might as well enjoy some good German
cooking and (for those of age) a culturally appropriate
beverage. This pilgrimage will be held on one of the last
two Sundays in September. Details will be posted on our
homepage and on our facebook page as they become available.
Well, yes; the list you see here is not exhaustive. Regular
worship services, educational offerings, and networking for
service and fellowship continue throughout the semester. We
also want to note that the Chapel sanctuary is available for
private and group devotion or as a quiet refuge. The Chapel
undercroft (lower level) features a kitchen, lounge, and
library. Assuming kitchen and rest room renovations will be
completed for the start of the school year, the undercroft
provides a place to study, relax, eat, nap, and play. Both
are accessible 24x7.
So, we've given you the highlights for the first half of the
semester. To keep up to date on changes and developments as
the semester progresses, you can
If you have any questions about what you see (or don't see)
on this page, feel free to
contact us. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of
just one thing beyond September.
- regularly visit the website: LutheranMountaineer.org;
- subscribe to our Lutheran Mountaineer eNews Campus
- subscribe to our text-messaging service.
Sneak Preview -- Reformation
The highpoint of the fall term is Reformation Daze! our
eight-day celebration of the Lutheran Reformation.
Historical worship services, a visiting scholar lecture, a
Luther movie, wargaming Here I Stand: Wars of the
Reformation, 1517-1555, and, of course, The
Wurst Dinner on Campus are all part of the festive warm up
to the quincentennial of the posting of the 95 Thesis
only two years away.
How does one know what's happening at the Chapel? Of course,
stopping by for a visit and asking works---and is highly
encouraged---but there are other ways. Our cast of
communication aids include...
|Jesse the MailChimp
|Tweetie the Twitter
Learn how to connect with the LCM@WVU using these aids by clicking here.