August 14, 2014  •   Vol. XXXVII, Issue 168



No Lunch until the fall semester begins!


August 15-29: Summer Greek

August 24: Music, Gettysburg! presents Atwater-Donnelly Duo
at 6:00pm

September 2: Presession (all students)

September 2: Senior Presession in Val. 310

September 3: Opening Convocation; Classes Start

September 3-6: Certificate in Theological Studies

September 7: ELCA "God's Work, Our Hands Sunday"


Job Opportunities in the area or in churches and agencies.


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Welcome Summer Greek Students 
The entire Seminary community welcomes Summer Greek students to campus! 

Seminary Discount for YWCA Passes
Join the YWCA on campus. A membership discount is valid for all students, faculty and staff for the 2014-15 academic year. Purchase passes in the Seminary Bookstore before October 17. Adult full-year membership: $38.00. Adult half-year membership: $19.00. Only checks or cash are accepted for memberships. To learn about the YWCA’s offerings, visit the website: or stop by their front desk to ask questions about the facility and programming. 

Free haircuts for men and boys
Free haircuts for men and boys are being offered at the Chambersburg Beauty School Monday through Friday from 9:45am-12:00pm. If a woman wants a barber cut (as opposed to being styled), then that is okay, too. Chambersburg Beauty School is located at 171 Cedar Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201; (717) 267-0041. For questions ask Raquel in Reception.
Fall Icon Class Announced
Artist Celeste Lauritsen will teach a class featuring two icons this fall. The beginner Icon is “Jesus, The Unsleeping Eye” (9 x 12). The more advanced icon is of St. Nicholas. (12 x 16). Cost is $150 for the smaller icon and $160 for the larger icon, which includes all supplies. See examples on the bulletin board near the mailboxes in Valentine Hall or contact Celeste at 717-334-2818. Visit The dates for the class are Mondays: August 25, Sept 8, 15, 22, October 20, 27, November 3, 24 (make-up date if you miss a class or 2). Class time is 1:30–4:30pm.

Final 2014 Summer Sundae Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street in Camp Hill invites the Seminary community to its final free concert in the 2014 series, held outdoors on church grounds and preceded by a community picnic on Sunday, August 24. Trinity’s praise band, FaithX, will perform familiar music from the contemporary Christian repertoire. Free ice cream sundaes will be served to enjoy during the concert. Bring lawn chairs. The event will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather. Contact Debra Wilson at

Mailroom is Closed on Friday 
The mailroom will be closed on Friday, Aug.15. Mail will be sorted and distributed to mail boxes as normal. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 18.

Seminary Student Essay Contest Honoring Eric Gritsch
The Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund invites students to participate in a 700-1,000 word back-to-school essay contest. This opportunity is open to any student in an ELCA seminary. Gritsch was Gettysburg Seminary's Emeritus Professor of Church History. In our world today which is filled with self-help books and gurus, preaching the benefits of “mindfulness,” how would Luther advise us regarding our frantic search for meaning and peace in our stressful live? Include at least one citation from the works of Luther and one citation from the works of Gritsch. 1st place: $750, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $200. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, October 5, 2014. The Rev. Dr. Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund, LTD, P.O. Box 23064, Baltimore, MD 21203-5064. Winners will be announced November 1. Awards will be made at the Lutherfest in Baltimore on November 9. For details, see the flyer on the Valentine Hall Kiosk or visit
Job Opportunity at Christ Lutheran
Check out the link on the left for this and other job opportunities.

Presession for All New and Continuing Students
Presession orientation for new students will take place on Tuesday, Sept 2. All beginning students are expected to attend the day-long orientation beginning at 9:00am in Valentine 206. Coffee will be available from 8:30am in the second floor lobby of Valentine Hall. Lunch in the Refectory is included for new students attending the orientation. All students, new and continuing, are expected in the Chapel by 3:15 on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for important community information, followed by the first meeting of covenant groups. The entire community will gather for worship at 5:30pm, followed by a community meal in the refectory at 6:30pm, partially funded by Thrivent Financial. No reservations needed.