Friday, November 21, 2014 • Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 59

Bluegrass Eucharist

There will be a Bluegrass Eucharist this Sunday at 7pm, at St. Luke Lutheran Church (330 Whitehall Road, Littlestown...located just the other side of Bonneauville, about 15 minutes from LTSG). Music will be provided by the Iron Ridge Band, and the seminary community is most welcome to attend this special bluegrass event! If you have any questions, please contact Vicar Sean Titus at

Do you have a family member in the military overseas?

The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association is collecting items to be sent to military personnel deployed overseas as part of their latest project. The collection ends on Friday, Nov. 21. If you have a family member or someone close to you who is deployed, the project may be able to designate a box of donations to them. Please send their name and email address to Marcia at 

Midweek Advent service in Hanover

St. David's Lutheran Church (1032 Musselman Road, Hanover, PA) will host a Wednesday evening Advent worship on December 3, 10, & 17, at 7pm. The service will be Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Pastor LaDonna Thomas at 717-688-0652.


Every 7 years, people have gathered from across the ELCA to be energized around the central things of worship and music. The next will take place on July 19-23 in Atlanta, and will include leaders like Nadia Bolz-Webber, Gordon Lathrop, and Jonathan Rundman (and dozens of others) in plenaries, workshops, and worship services. Music will range from praise band to organ, and all will focus on a major Reformation theme: the Living Voice of the Gospel. There's already a student discount for this event, open to all seminarians, but the ELCA is also offering 16 $600 scholarships to seminarians, on a first-come, first served basis. More information about the event can be found at To apply for a scholarship, send an email with your name, address, email address, phone number, name of school, degree, and anticipated year of graduation to Luddites and those who can't remember all those things can get a hard copy of the application to mail in from Dr. Oldenburg, who would be glad to pass on more information as well.

Email and Website Maintenance

Our ISP will be performing server and network maintenance on Friday Nov. 21st from 9pm until Sunday, Nov. 23 at midnight. During these times there may be periodic service disruptions to email and the following websites:,,

Opportunity to meet and observe military chaplains 

Military chaplains minister to a diverse population of soldiers by providing worship, counseling, and the ministry of presence. Chaplains also play a key role in the military's ongoing efforts to prevent sexual assault & suicide and offer guidance to military leaders on issues of ethics, morale, and religious affairs. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard is currently looking to fill several chaplain and chaplain candidate positions. On Saturday, Dec. 13, you are invited to join Tony Setley for a few hours (11am-1pm) at his Battalion's drill weekend. This will be an opportunity to meet chaplains and soldiers while learning more about military chaplaincy and experiencing this unique mission field first hand. This is only a visit and it requires absolutely no commitment. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by Dec. 8. For more information, including eligibility requirements and benefits, visit Tony shares: "I thank God for and love this ministry. It is a powerful part of my life, and my call, and I pray it may be for you as well." Please feel free to contact me Tony with any questions (610-223-8772 or and to share this information with any colleagues you believe could have the gifts to serve God's people in this way.

Celtic Worship Service at Christ

Dear LTSG Seminarians and families, You are invited to attend Celtic worship service held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Christ Lutheran Church, 30 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg. Drawing on Celtic spirituality and music, the service is designed to reach both believers and unbelievers, churched and unchurched. You are also invited to serve as a lector, assisting minister, or member of the Celtic music ensemble. Contact Pastor Steve Herr, 334-5212, if you are interested. We hope you can join us for worship and participate in its leadership.

Wellness Update

The Wellness Committee would like to briefly share with the community what we are working on this semester:
Quiet space
Advent resources
Prayer shawls with Social Outreach
Advent Evening Prayer
Self-care day
Christmas party
If you have any questions please contact Allison at Thanks!