September 3, 2014  •   Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 2



Wednesday: Cream of Broccoli Cheese Soup, full salad bar, fresh baked breads

Thursday: Hot Turkey sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy, salad bar

Friday: Beef stuffed cabbage rolls, salad bar, rolls and butter


September 3: Opening Convocation; Classes Start

September 3-6: Certificate in Theological Studies

September 7: ELCA "God's Work, Our Hands Sunday"

September 14: Music, Gettysburg!: Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra with Wayne Hill & Pamela Cooper-White (4pm)


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Seminary Music Groups Want You!
See/contact Dr. Folkemer in person or at
The Seminary Choir is open to everyone, regardless of singing ability, music education or musical experience. The Seminary Choir serves as the musical leadership for weekly eucharists. The Seminary Choir sings anthems, psalm settings, hymn stanza arrangements and settings of assigned scripture readings. It is a safe, welcoming place to share your talents, great or modest, and for community members to enjoy a recreational release from the pressures of everyday seminary life. Rehearsals are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:55-1:25pm and Wednesdays from 1:25-1:55pm. The Seminary Choir sings at Wednesday (and special event) eucharists. Even if you can only make 2 of the 4 rehearsals weekly, you are most welcome. Seminary Choir begins next Monday, Sept. 8, at 1:55pm.
The Seminary Brass Ensemble is open to all brass players in our community with at least an intermediate playing ability. Rehearsals are once per week at a time tbd. The Ensemble plays 2 to 3 times a semester at eucharists and makes a day trip to a congregation in Region 8 late in the Spring Semester.
Organists/Pianists/Instrumentalists.We use a wide variety of musical styles of worship every semester, many of which we prefer to lead with a pick-up band. If you play most any band instrument, or folk instrument, at least at an intermediate level, and are willing to help serve our community in leading worship, contact Dr. Folkemer asap.

Welcome Back Cookout! 

The SA will be sponsoring a welcome back cookout on September 3, at 6:30 pm in the quad to celebrate the first day of classes.  It will be a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and meet new ones! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by the Student Association so we ask that you bring a dish or  beverage to share.  If you have any questions please contact Kelsey Fitting-Snyder (  Hope to see you there!

Moodlerooms Orientation

Moodlerooms orientation sessions are offered September 4 at 3:15pm or September 9 at 4:30pm in the Valentine Hall Auditorium.  Sessions are open to students and faculty. For questions contact Julie Ritter at

Notice about Berm in Front of Valentine
Please stay clear of the large berm near the Valentine parking lot for the next week. The area of grass crowning the long narrow “bump” is being treated for cicada killers, a kind of wasp that has been multiplying over the last few years. They are not generally aggressive, but they look and sound so.  We also want to keep pets safe as well. 


Get Discount Seminary YWCA Passes Now For the Year
Join the YWCA on campus. A membership discount is valid for all students, faculty and staff for the 2014-15 academic year. Purchase passes in the Seminary Bookstore before October 17. Adult full-year membership: $38.00. Adult half-year membership: $19.00. Only checks or cash are accepted for memberships. Once the Seminarian or employee has purchased their card, bring it to the YWCA service desk where family discounts are then available for $ 116 "Seminary Family," $ 48 "Single Parent Family" and $ 41 "Senior Family" (if the Seminarian or employee is 60 years + this discount applies to their family member(s) regardless of their ages. Learn about the YWCA’s facilities, hours and programming at:

Seminary Student Essay Contest Honoring Eric Gritsch
The Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund invites students to participate in a 700-1,000 word essay contest. This opportunity is open to any student in an ELCA seminary. Gritsch was Gettysburg Seminary's Emeritus Professor of Church History. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, October 5, 2014. For details, see the flyer on the Valentine Hall Kiosk or visit
Forum on race, police and justice
Join Harrisburg Hope and Rep. Patty Kim on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6pm, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore (Harrisburg, PA) for a forum entitled "Ferguson: Can we prevent it from happening here?" Panelists include elected officials, law enforcement, community leaders, advocates, and youth. Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Greetings from the Redactor Editor
Welcome to the new students beginning their seminary adventure and to those returning as old pro’s! The Daily Redactor will be here to keep you in-the-know about events on campus and need-to-know information, Monday through Friday, on days the seminary is open. If you would like to submit an announcement for publication in the Redactor, please review the tips for writing an announcement (see the side bar for the link) and email your submission to (not to Facebook or personal email) by 10pm the day before that you would like your announcement to begin. Blessings to all for a great year! Your Redactor Editor, Courtney

Compline Begins
Compline is held Monday-Thursday at 10pm in the Quad (space between Aberly, Heiges and Stuempfle). Please join us for evening prayer and bring an ELW. Any questions please contact Brenda Maynor,

Opening Academic Convocation on Wednesday
The community will gather at 11:55am on Wednesday, Sept. 3, for a convocation at the beginning of the school year. New staff members will be introduced, student officers will be installed, and Mark Oldenburg will be giving the convocation address. On Thursday, we’ll move to our “normal” practice of chapel services every school day, beginning at 11:55am.
Prayerful Reading of Scriptures (lectio divina)
Starting on Sept. 9, interested folk will be gathering in Valentine 311 to use Luther’s version of lectio divina on the next Sunday’s readings. These meetings will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 8:00 - 8:25am.  Anyone is welcome; just show up for any of these, or see Pr. Oldenburg.

Learn Ancient Egyptian 
Middle Ancient Egyptian will be offered for the first time on campus! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn the language of one of the world’s greatest cultures. The class will be offered Monday's from 4:45-7:45pm and will count for 3 elective credits. You are also welcome to audit the class! Please see the following link for the class textbook: Contact Nicole Miller at with questions.

Car and Bicycle Tags for Campus
All students should fill out the online form for car tags to park on campus: Hardcopy forms for bicycle tags have been distributed in student mailboxes. Questions? Contact Wendy Mizenko in the Housing and Events Office

Walking Party on Seminary Trail
Healthy Adams County hosts annual walking parties in different locations around Gettysburg. The September 3 walk takes place on the Gettysburg Seminary Historic Trail. Registration is 5:15-6:15pm. The event is free. Start walking as soon as you register. Questions? Contact Brian DeVost at 717-334-2028 or or Kathy Gaskin 717-337-4137 or