Friday, February 5, 2016 • Vol. XXXIX, Issue 79


Housing Packets

The 2016-17 housing packet and application is now on the seminary web page.   If you need campus housing for the coming year you will need to complete the application and return it to the housing office by April 1st Students who have made prior applications and are presently living in campus housing are still required to complete and return the application. No application will be accepted with less than four lodging choices! The housing assignment process will be held the week of April 11th.  Apartment and dormitory applicants will be notified of assignments the week of April 18th.  Leases will be distributed the first week of May. Fall 2016 commuters need not submit their forms until July.

Hispanic Ministry Summer Term

The Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry intensive. Week 2 consists of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors with contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastors. Week 3 involves students in another week long intensive:  Mision en Comunidad/Mission in Community with The Rev. Rubén Durán, Director for New Congregational Development for ELCA, as the main presenter. Wartburg Theological Seminary will grant 3 Master of Divinity credits to students successfully completing the course, which are transferable to the student’s own seminary.

May 29-June 17, 2016 at Austin, Texas

Costs: (estimated) Tuition is $2565, which includes an administrative fee of $300. Full scholarships are available to cover the total tuition cost of the summer term for ELCA students. Students are expected to pay their own transportation, housing, and meal expenses. Normally, we expect students to have access to a car for the duration of the summer term although Austin has excellent bus service. Housing costs are $325.00 (home stays), $775.00 (double room), or $1225.00 (single room). The single and double rooms are at local hotels. A non-refundable housing deposit of $200 is due by April 30, 2016.

Click here for registration materials.


Super Bowl Party

On Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6pm in Val. 206, there will be a community Super Bowl party! We’ll have the game on the big screen and tables in the back for food and drinks. All are welcome! Please sign up here to bring food to share. 

Healthy Congregations Class

There will be a Healthy Congregations Certificate Course held on campus March 4th and 5th.  Upon completion, you will be certified as a Healthy Congregations Facilitator.  It is also a helpful program for understanding how congregations work, if you don’t end up facilitating workshops.  It is possible to take this for just the facilitator certification or as a 1.5 credit course.  If you are interested, please let Dr. Michelle Carlson know immediately ( as time is getting short to order materials and to add this as a course if you so desire.


A draft of the Spring worship schedule is out, posted outside the mailboxes and in the back of the chapel.  It’s also been sent to those who’ll be asked to lead worship (including Covenant Groups 4-10, who didn’t have a second shot in the fall semester).  There are a goodly number of unassigned dates in the weeks following Easter.  If you’d like to serve the community by leading worship, whether as an individual or with some friends as a group, feel free to sign up on the sheet posted in the back of the chapel.  Pr. Oldenburg will get you resources and other information, and will keep the worship schedule updated! 

Don’t Miss This Course!

If you have the time in your schedule, you won’t want to miss the Science and Theology dialogue course being taught by Ted Peters in May.  Dr. Peters is very well-known in this field, and he is an engaging, interesting instructor—we are fortunate to have him with us at Gettysburg this year!  The dates are May 18th to May 27th—remember to sign up when registration opens!

Spirituality & Social Events Task Force Meeting

The Spirituality/Social Event Task Force will meet next Tuesday (Feb. 9) over lunch to discuss setting a calendar of spiritual formation as well as social events for the campus. All who are interested in being on this task force are welcome!!! Contact Ariel Williams with any questions.