Friday, September 4, 2015 • Vol. XXXIX, Issue 3



Junior Class Pizza Party

A Pizza Party will be held for the Junior Class in the Valentine Hall Coffee Shop on September 9 at 5:00 pm. This event is sponsored by the Alumni Association and Advancement Office.

Food Pantry Donations

There is TONS of fresh produce that has been donated to the Food Pantry located on the Refectory Porch... HELP YOURSELVES! Also we have a bunch of potatoes down in the pantry... Please take them as well!!!

Prayerful Reading of Scripture

We’ll be using Martin Luther’s version of lectio divina to meditate on the readings for the next Sunday, every week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 8 until 8:25 in Valentine 310.  For more information see Pr. Oldenburg, or simply show up there any of those days. 

Helping Accompany Friday Chapel Services

Our honored visiting cantor will be playing for services Monday through Thursday, but not on Fridays.  There are a few people who are willing to cover Fridays, but we can use more!  This is an (under)paid, but fairly easy gig.  If you have keyboard skills sufficient to help the community in this way, please be in touch with Pr. Oldenburg.

Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital

Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital” will be presented this Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church. Music prelude at 7:30, main presentationat 8:00 pm in the nave of historic Christ Lutheran Church.

Health and Wellness Retreat for Consortium Students

This retreat will take placed on Saturday October 3, from 8:30am-2:30 pm at Wesley Theological Seminary. The event will include a rhythm of short presentations and work in small groups to help each student with a Health Assessment and also assist in designing a Personal Wellness Plan for the future.

The entire program, led by Rev. Scott Stoner of the Living Compass Foundation, is dynamic and change oriented! In addition, we have 5 excellent Wellness Activities planned for students to choose from, including:

  • Yoga as Embodied Prayer: Fr. Paul Ryan, CSP   St. Paul’s College
  • Meditations that Nurture Gratitude and Compassion: Patience Robbins, Shalem Institute
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy Ministry: Asa Lee, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Humor in Ministry: Scott Stoner, Living Compass Foundation
  • Mindfulness and Healthy Eating: Tom Pruski,  Healing the Sick program, Wesley

There is no cost to students if you register [with Dean Largen] by Sept. 30th!.

Indoor Community Craft & Yard Sale

An Indoor Community Craft & Yard Sale will be held at Gettysburg Seminary September 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 6, 7, & 8 foot tables are available for rent at $12.00 a table on a first come first served basis. Contact Wendy Mizenko at 717-338-3004 or to reserve your table.

Supply Preaching Opportunities

Have you completed Intro to Preaching? Would you be interested in Supply Preaching this upcoming year to gain experience and to earn some extra income? If so, now is the time to sign up! Send an email to Amanda at amccaffery@ltsg.edufor more information.

Horizon International for Interns

Students going on internship 2016-2017 and have an interest in the Horizon International Program please click here: We will touch on this program at internship orientation, but there are several forms to prepare. Contact your candidacy committee and Dr. Rick Carlson to explore this exciting option with them.

New Lunch Prices for 2015-2016 Academic Year

The meal plan price is the same as last year. Punch Card lunches are $6.00 per lunch. Walk-in lunches are $8.00 per lunch.











Lutherbowl Cheer Squat Wants You!

Does your heart burn with love of our serene hilltop? Does your blood flow with maroon and white!? Do you enjoy a good pun on the name “Schmucker"!? Come out next Thursday, September 10th at 5PM as we have our organizational meeting. We’ll plan our work together and discuss if banana costumes are machine washable. Questions? Email Joe Graumann at for more details.

Moodlerooms Orientation

An orientation on Moodlerooms will be held on September 3 at 1:00 pm or September 8 at 3:15 pm in Valentine Auditorium. Sessions are open to students and faculty.

Prominent Buddhist Speaker to Visit Howard University School of Divinity

Howard University School of Divinity presents a conversation with Geshe Thupten Phelgye on September 8, 2015 at 11:00am in Room 420 of Holy Cross Hall at Howard University West Campus.

Thrivent Financial Presentation

The local Gettysburg Thrivent Board has made arrangements to have Mr. Richard Baldwin (Community Engagement Leader) present a program and answer questions about “Choice Dollars” and “Action Teams” that can be used in congregations and at the Seminary (for the various classes) to obtain some of this money.  The program will be held at 7:00pm on Sept. 9 at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.

You can register to vote online in PA via  The deadline to register for the November election is October 5, 2015.

Prison Ministry Visit

Are you interested in or even curious about ministry in prisons?  Dr. Oldenburg will be leading a visit to Camp Hill state prison (where all male prisoners enter the system, and many stay) on the afternoon of October 26 (during Fall Academy Week).  If you’d like to take part, let him know before September 20 (you’ll need to fill out some paperwork for security clearance), and of course see him with any questions.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is open and available for all students and their families during the academic year. Regular operating hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, during lunch. If an emergency need arises and you cannot come during regular hours, contact Ariel Williams at Please be sure to complete and submit the necessary documentation found in the Food Pantry so that we remain in compliance with Central PA Food Bank.

Erzkus’ Ordinations

Ben Erzkus and Courtney (Weller) Erzkus will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at 3pm, at Christ Lutheran Church in LaVale, MD. Rostered leaders and invited to vest and process— the color of the day is red. A reception will follow. Ben has been called as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Marquette, NE), and Courtney has been called as pastor of Fridhem Lutheran Church (Hordville, NE) and Grace Lutheran Church (Central City, NE). Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane will preside and Pastor Chuck Erzkus will preach.

Fall Pilgrimage Series

This fall, you will have the opportunity to experience “pilgrimage” from a variety of religious traditions. Meet in the Valentine Auditorium for a brief introduction and a video on a different pilgrimage to a different site around the world. We begin in Jerusalem and end in Africa, stopping in Lourdes, Japan, India, and Saudi Arabia along the way (from the “Sacred Journeys” DVD series from PBS: Mark your calendars and attend as many as you can. Contact Kristin Largen with questions:

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:00pm

WTC New Student Orientation & Ecumenical Prayer Service

Gettysburg Seminary students are invited to the Washington Theological Consortium 2015 New Student Orientation and Ecumenical Prayer Service on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4:30-8:30pm at the St. Vincent de Paul’s Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. followed by dinner and conversation at religious houses (Dominican, Paulist, Benedictine, Franciscan, Carmelite, Sulpician, etc.). If you are interested, e-mail Julie Ritter in the Dean’s Office: If enough students want to attend we’ll facilitate transportation.