Wednesday, March 4, 2015 • Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 105

  

WTC Leadership Postpones Health and Wellness Retreat

The WTC sponsored Health and Wellness Event, scheduled for Mar. 7, will be postponed.
Executive Director Larry Goleman promised to look at the possibility of holding this event or a version of it next year. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Spring Fling

St. John Lutheran Church in Fairfield is having a Spring Fling on Saturday, Mar. 28, from 9am-12noon. This is a great chance for young people of the congregation and the surrounding community to have some fun in a safe environment. There will be kid games, crafts, and snacks. The Puppet Team from St. Matthew's (Hanover) will be performing at 10am.

Celtic Worship Service at Christ

You are invited to attend Celtic worship service held at 6pm 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, pastor@christgettysburg.org) if you are interested. We hope you can join us for worship and participate in its leadership.

Inclusive Church Trainers on campus Friday

Interested in learning ways to lead your church in conversation about being inclusive to LGBTQ persons? There will be a lunchtime conversation upstairs in the Refectory on Friday, March 6, with Tim Feiertag from Reconciling Works and Ammon Ripple from Equality Pa. Come meet these two trainers who are conducting a Building an Inclusive Church Training in Harrisburg over the weekend. Date: Friday, Mar. 6 Time: After chapel, during lunch Where: Upstairs in Refectory Any questions? Please contact Robin Fero, rfero@ltsg.edu 

Health and Wellness Retreat

Only three more days to register for the Washington Consortium Health and Wellness Retreat! It takes place on Saturday, Mar. 7, at Virginia Theological Seminary, from 8:30-3:30, and offers great presentations, an opportunity for self-assessment and a variety of wellness activities [yoga, gardens and good food, prayer with mandalas and labyrinth, and humor and ministry].
And best of all, this great event is totally free!!! [Mileage will be reimbursed] Please RSVP to Dr. Largen by Wednesday at noon.

Student Scholarships Available for Seminary Ridge Symposium "Reunion/Reconciliation"

The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation (SRHPF) is pleased to offer selected students free attendance to all of the scheduled 2015 symposium weekend activities including all lectures, Friday evening reception, book signings, museum admission, and Saturday boxed lunch. Information can be found at www.seminaryridgemuseum.org or by calling 717-339-1300. Mar. 5 deadline. Contact Denise Doyle (Ddoyle@seminaryridge.org) at the Seminary Ridge Museum or pick up an application in the Communication Office. Scholarships are made available by SRHPF donors.

Community Meal, Mar. 25

A community meal is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 25, at 5:45pm in the refectory. Students, faculty and staff are invited as well as their families. No reservations are required. The menu will include: Mexican Fajita Bar, Pulled Mexican Chicken, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice Lettuce, Tomato, Shredded Cheddar, Sour Cream & Salsa, Flour Tortillas Black Bean & Corn Salad with Tortilla Chips, and Honey Butter Corn Cakes.

Talk on Church Visioning and Mission Planning, Mar. 10

"Without a vision, the people perish." A Proverb of warning, and of encouragement, paying attention to what God is doing in our midst and calling us forward in the future is an important part of being a leader in the Church. But what does this actually look like? How do we move beyond the generalities of being welcoming places and making disciples to figure out what that actually looks like, with purpose, in day to day ministry? There's no process that works for everyone in every place, but paying attention to the fundamentals and pitfalls of a visioning and mission planning process will serve you well regardless of where you serve! Join us  on Tuesday, Mar. 10, at 6:30pm, in Val. 206, for a little bit of presentation and conversation with Ed Kay, an Assistant to the Bishop in the Delaware-Maryland Synod. Snacks will be provided (thanks, SA Communications Committee!); please bring your own beverage or reusable water bottle!

SA Nominations Open

Nominations for next year's Student Association Council are now open. The positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you would like to nominate someone for any of these positions please email Kelsey at kfitting-snyder@ltsg.edu. Nominations will be accepted until Mar. 20. Nominees will be notified and will have until Mar. 20 to accept or decline. The descriptions for these positions can be found in the SA section of the website. Any questions please contact Kelsey.

Parliament of the World's Religions

There is an amazing learning opportunity available this fall that you should know about: The Parliament of the World's Religions is taking place this fall, in Salt Lake City, on Oct. 15-19. Dr. Largen is going, and would be happy to take a group of interested students [credit is available]. If you are interested and want to hear more, please come to a lunch meeting in the Refectory after chapel on Mar. 18. You can also email Dr. Largen for more information: klargen@ltsg.edu, or check out the website for more information: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/. 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION- Lent

You are invited to join our community partners in new or continued spiritual disciplines and experiences this season:
St. Johns, Littlestown
Taize on 1st and 3rd Sundays, 7pm (This service continues after Lent, as well.)
Questions? Contact Pastor John Largen at pastor.john.largen@comcast.net
St. James, Gettysburg
Marty Haugen's Unfailing Light Vespers with Eucharist every Wednesday at 7pm
Questions? Contact Pastor Laura Haupt at lhaupt@stjamesgettysburg.org
Christ Lutheran, Gettysburg in partnership with Prince of Peace Episcopal, Gettysburg
Soup and Study (Practicing Community Care of Souls in a Time of Ecological Crisis) on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm
March 4 and 11 at Prince of Peace
March 18 and 25 at Christ
Questions? Contact the church office at churchoffice@christgettysburg.org
Do you know of other spiritual formation experiences being offered during Lent? Please let the community know about them here.

Compline

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the day is full of God's glory. Four nights a week, you are invited to end the day with God by sharing praise, thanks, faults and prayers. At this time, it takes place at 10pm on Monday through Thursday in either the Heiges or Aberly common area. For the remaining weeks in Lent the Tuesday service will be at 8pm in the prayer chapel for the Holden Evening Prayer. There is usually an invitation placed on the LTSG Community Facebook page. The person leading chooses the format and it usually lasts no longer than 15 minutes. I hope you will come by one evening to join in with this service that has existed in the church for centuries. Peace, to you, my friends. Christine Roe

SPIRITUAL FORMATION- BIBLICAL STORYTELLING

The earliest followers of the Jesus movement didn't read Scripture from bound bibles; they heard stories told in their communities. On Wednesday, Mar. 11, professional storyteller Tracy Radosevic will be telling the Gospel of Mark in its beautiful and complex entirety, as the original hearers would likely have experienced it. The telling, which runs just over two hours, begins at 7pm at Second Presbyterian Church (4200 St Paul St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218- only an hour and 15 minutes from campus!). Admission is FREE. *I get that it's a bit of a haul, but here's the thing: experiencing the Gospel of Mark being told in this way will change your relationship with scripture, and Tracy is one of the only people in the world who can do it. If you can make it, do. If the seminary can help make it possible for you, let me know how. Contact: Pastor Lauren Muratore at lmuratore@ltsg.edu. 

 

SAVE THE DATE for #TheWeekend15

 

The seminary will be hosting our bi-annual discernment event for prospective students Apr. 17-19. #TheWeekend15 means that there will be a ton of prospective students and their families on campus- fabulous! It also means that there will be some community-wide opportunities to gather for worship, food, and fun, and you're invited! All activities on Friday the 17th are open to students, families, faculty, and staff. We'll have a free community meal, Holden Evening Prayer in the chapel, and, of course, s'mores in the quad. If you're planning to attend the community meal on Friday the 17th, please sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/lzt9gvq. Questions? Contact Pastor Lauren Muratore at lmuratore@ltsg.edu.