FrOGS

Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians

Frogs logoWhat does it mean to be a part of FrOGS?

 Watch: Plague to Plenty

 

Established in 1946 the Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians program is a crucial link between congregations, their members and Gettysburg Seminary.  The oldest of the ELCA seminaries, founded in 1826 has graduated more than 5,500 men and women who have gone on to serve in many different settings for ministry.  The first meeting of the “Friends of Gettysburg Seminary” was held on May 9, 1946.  Some sixty –eight years later we are blessed to have many friends in support of Gettysburg Seminary and theological education.

 

What FrOGS is... Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians, or FrOGS, is a faith-leaping movement engaging people of all ages in fun, creative, educational and inspired partnerships with students at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  

As FrOGS, true to our name, we become friends who will jump at opportunities to support Gettysburg Seminarians and keep the pool of church leaders growing so that faith abounds from one generation to the next by helping to meet the needs of those answering God’s call.. About the name Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians, or for short—FrOGS. This acronym may make some feel…well, a little jumpy.  As acronyms go it is a bit unorthodox, but it does two helpful things.  First, with the inclusion of an extra letter, “Friends” gets extra emphasis.  Secondly, “ F.O.G.S.” got ruled out precisely because it is the fog that’s come to veil the importance of theological education and its funding that today’s Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians are called to dispel.

 

  • PRAYING WITH US, using prayers and spiritual practices that center our life together

 

  • LEARNING WITH US, by learning about our students through profiles, call stories, and what they’re learning that they want you to share, e.g. bible studies by faculty members

 

(current link http://www.ltsg.edu/Friends-Supporters/FrOGS/Leap-with-Us )

 

 

Fun FrOG Fact

In Hebrew, the word for frog as found in Exodus 8:1-23 and transliterated into English is tsepharde’a. That’s a compound formed out of the word for “leap” and the word for “knowing.” Therefore, biblically speaking, a frog is a “leap-knower” one who knows how and when to leap. (--From Dr. Marty Stevens who teaches the biblical Hebrew course here on campus) Please join in praying that in all that we undertake as FrOGS, as Friends of Gettysburg Seminarians, the Spirit grants us the readiness to leap with faith, courage and generosity!

 

Resoures are available by contacting the Advancement Office at 717-338-3011 or email FrOGS@ltsg.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pray with us:

Prayers of Blessing The opening Convocation of the first semester will be held in the Seminary’s chapel this fall including these  prayers of blessing for new students, continuing students and faculty and staff.  While the group being blessed remained seated or kneeled, the rest of the assembly stood with an arm raised in blessing.  Feel free to adapt these for use in your own individual and corporate prayer practices.

For new seminarians: Bless these, your children, as they begin this new stage of their life in youth. Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their community, and for their service in your world. Amen.

For returning seminarians: Bless these, your children, as they continue in their life here. Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their community, and for their service in your world. Amen.

For faculty and staff: Bless these, your children, as they serve in this community to which you have called them.  Grant them diligence and joy in their work and a constant sense of your presence. By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed to equip others for the work of ministry, for their life in this community, and for their service in the world.  Amen.

For family members of students:  Bless these, your children.  In changing circumstances and times of stress, bind them ever more closely to each other and to you.  By your Word and Spirit, stir up in them the gifts needed for their own growth, for their life in this community and for their service in your world. Amen.