Wednesday, September 2, 2015 • Vol. XXXIX, Issue 1



Seminary Choir

The Seminary Choir begins rehearsals today, September 2 at 1:25pm in the Chapel. All are welcome. The choir regularly serves the weekday worship of the chapel, singing primarily at the weekly Wednesday eucharist. Rehearsals are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 12:55-1:35, and Wednesdays 1:25-1:55. Even if you can only make 2 of the 4 rehearsals weekly, you are welcome. Contact Mark Mummert at

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!.

Luther Bowl Team Wants YOU!

An informational meeting and the first practice for Luther Bowl Team will be Thursday, September 3rd at 5:00pm. (Location TBD) The meeting will review expectations and be followed by practice, so dress appropriately and bring water! All skill levels and experience are welcome, including not knowing what a football looks like. Additionally, there are many non-athletic ways you can assist with this event. Contact Patrick Ballard ( or Adam Buff ( with questions. Go Fighting Schmuckers! 

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.

Student Handbook 

The 2015-16 Student Handbook is posted on the Seminary website. If you would like a hard copy, e-mail








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.

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.

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.

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.