October 31, 2014 • Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 44

Happy Reformation Day!




Advancement News

Beginning today, the Advancement office is packing up and preparing for carpet replacement of the badly worn original from the 2000 renovation. The advancement staff will be away from phones, files, and pc’s while this takes place over the next few days, so please bear with the temporary interruption of service. 

Luther Bowl Schedule

Luther Bowl will take place on Saturday, at the fields behind the Refectory. Come cheer on your Fighting Schmuckers!

8:15am:Field blessing and coaches meeting

8:30am: Gettysburg vs. Wartburg; Southern vs. Chicago

9:40am: Union vs. Philadelphia;Trinity vs. VTS

10:50am: Gettysburg vs. Philadelophia; Southern vs. VTS

Lunch (food available at concession stand near fields)

12:30pm: Wartburg vs. Union

1:40pm: Gettysburg vs. Union; Southern vs. Trinty

2:50pm: Wartburg vs. Philadelplia

4:00pm: Campionship!!

5:30pm: Ecuharist (in the chapel)

6:30pm: Dinner in Refectory


Windsbacher Knabenchor at Music, Gettysburg!

Don't miss the stunningly perfected sound of one of Germany's most honored boys' choirs as the Windsbacher Knabenchor sings for Music, Gettysburg! this Friday evening, at 7:30pm in the chapel. As always, the concert is free and open to the public. The choir will be performing works by Bach, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, Schutz   as well as contemporary Eric Whitaker, Bruckner, Reger and Nystedt. The Windsbach Boys Choir has become one of the leading German boys choirs. Compared favorably to the Vienna Boy's Choir, this rare concert is a not to miss MG! moment. 

More information about Luther Bowl

As there are other events taking place on campus this Saturday, we would like all fans coming to support the Luther Bowl team to park in the RED lot. Additionally, since Fighting Schmuckers will be wearing maroon, we encourage all in attendance to show support by wearing maroon as well.  Also, please remember the SCCAP drive. Go Fighting Schmuckers! 

Trunk or Treat

The SA Social Outreach Committee is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Friday, from 5-7pm, on the south side of the Valentine Parking lot in front of the pavilion. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come out, decorate their cars (or trucks/bikes/wagons/etc.), and hand out candy on the night of the community trick-or-treat. What better way to connect with our neighbors than to host a safe, convenient location for their children to do their trick-or-treating! If you cannot attend, but would like to contribute, there is a box located in the coffee shop to collect donations of candy. Please send any questions to Amanda at amccaffery@ltsg.edu.

Luther Bowl Supply Drive

This year, all eight schools participating in Luther Bowl will be collecting goods to donate to our local South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP), for their participants in the Circles Program. This organization is committed to fighting poverty in the Adams and Franklin County area and works with Low-Income and Homeless families in our local community. We will be collecting items on the day of Luther Bowl. The following is a list of items that they will accept: Gift cards, laundry, detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, deodorant, dish detergent, shampoo and conditioner, new toys, Pampers (size 4 & 5), baby wipes, baby bath and shampoo, new coats, gloves, hats, cleaning supplies, trash bags. Please consider donating to this great cause! If you have any questions, please contact Amanda at amccaffery@ltsg.edu.

Snow Drift Pool

Think snow. Get into the drift. The Snow Drift Pool! Sign up in the library for when you think we here in Gettysburg will get the first measureable, shovel-able snow (not just a flake or two!). The winner will receive a great prize!

It’s In Your Mailbox!

A survey has been placed in each student mailbox; please, help LTSG and take a minute to fill it out today! The survey is completely anonymous and the data gathered will be for a Lilly Grant received by LTSG, LTSP and Southern Seminary. Once completed, please return your survey to the mailbox of Angela Zimmann, coordinator for the Lilly Grant. Thank you!

Attention Music Lovers

To add another creative element to our daily Advent devotionals, we will be curating a playlist on Spotify that listeners can use to connect even more deeply with this meaningful season. And we need your help! Think of songs that communicate the themes of Advent for you – sure, they can be sacred music, but what have you heard on the radio that stirred something in you about waiting, or hopefulness, or journeying? Send your song selections to Julie (jstecker@ltsg.edu) by Friday, Nov. 14. We'll try to include every submission that we can – there's a "vibe" we're going for with the playlist that we want to make sure is consistent throughout, and not every song is available on Spotify – so don't hesitate to send more than one! Once the playlist is ready, we'll let you know so you can #WaitAndListen along with us. Thanks!

Meditation & Mediterranean

Do you want to see what an alternative service at a small country church can look like? Do you enjoy the Taize-style of worship? Join us on 1st & 3rd Sundays at 7pm, at Grace Lutheran Church for a Taize Eucharist, followed by an opportunity for fellowship next door at Olivia's Restaurant. Grace is located on the Baltimore Pike (PA Route 97), halfway between Gettysburg & Littlestown, only about 6 miles from LTSG. Your singing voices would be most welcome! For more information, contact Pastor John Largen at pastor.john.largen@comcast.net or Vicar Sean Titus at seantitus10@gmail.com.


If you’re interested in prison ministry – including using Camp Hill as a site to fulfill the multicultural requirement – and weren’t able to go along on the trip there last Monday, do we have an opportunity for you!  Three of those who were able to go invite you to join them at a table at lunch in the refectory on Thursday, Nov. 6.  No program, but some good description of the chaplaincy services there, and some good information.  Just watch out for Pr. Oldenburg, Don Myers, or Jennifer Crist.

Opportunity for Lunch and Conversation

The ELCA has put out a draft document of “A Social Message on Gender-based Violence,” and is inviting conversation and response.  To that end, I’d like to invite interested members of the community to read the draft [available at http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Gender-Violence] and meet over lunch in the Refectory on Nov. 19th, upstairs in room 303, to discuss it.  We’ll talk it through and then I will write up and share our feedback.  Please put this on your calendar & plan to attend!

Retirement of Pastors Judy and Jim Cobb

After 40+ years of ministry, Pastors Judy and Jim Cobb are retiring. Ascension Lutheran Church (7601 York Road, Towson, MD) invites you to be present as the two are recognized at the retirement festivities that will end with the Rite of Godspeed and Reception, on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3pm. RSVP is not necessary. 

Graduation 2015

Please complete an “Intent to Graduate or Complete LTSG studies” form if you are anticipating to complete degree requirements by the end of Spring semester 2015 or if you are completing a special program this year and will not be taking further classes at LTSG. Forms are available on the table outside of the mailroom or email Julie Ritter at jritter@ltsg.edu.

Conversation with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

How are LGBTQ leaders changing the church?  How can you be part of the movement?  Join Pastor Jen Rude, program director for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM), for a conversation on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 12:30-1:15pm, in Refectory # 301 (2nd Floor).  Pastor Jen will share information and stories about ELM and how they affirm and support LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders and those preparing for rostered leadership, while engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God's love and seek justice for all.  If you have any questions, please email Fritz (fritz.fowler@gmail.com) or Jen (programdirector@elm.org). All are welcome!

Chord-Ayres Male Chorus

The Chord-Ayres Male Chorus, the Minnesota farm country ensemble, will be performing at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (605 W. Market St, Leesburg, VA) on Nov. 13, at 7:30pm. The program will feature patriotic and sacred music. This is a music opportunity provided by the Chord-Ayers and the D.C. Metro Synod. Any students interested in attending are also invited to stop by seminarian John Marten’s house after the concern, which is only a few blocks away from the church. If interested, email John at jmarten.ltsg.edu.

Library Book Sale

The Library's Semi-Annual Book Sale has begun!
Book Sale Schedule
$0.25 Friday: 8:30am-3:30pm.
Free Saturday: 11am-4pm
All proceeds from the book sale are collected specifically to raise money for the purchase of materials and supplies for the A. R. Wentz Library.