August 29, 2014  •   Vol. XXXVII, Issue 170



Lunches will be announced next week when the fall semester begins!


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"


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Bellringing Today (Friday)
At 1:00pm today come hear a ringing demonstration of the new bells. Gather at the bell tower in front of the Chapel.
Moodlerooms Orientation
Moodlerooms orientation sessions are offered September 4 at 3:15pm or September 9 at 4:30pm in the Valentine Hall Auditorium.  Sessions are open to students and faculty. For questions contact Julie Ritter at

Notice about Berm in Front of Valentine
Please stay clear of the large berm near the Valentine parking lot for the next week. The area of grass crowning the long narrow “bump” is being treated for cicada killers, a kind of wasp that has been multiplying over the last few years. They are not generally aggressive, but they look and sound so.  We also want to keep pets safe as well. 


Get Discount Seminary YWCA Passes Now For the Year
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. Once the Seminarian or employee has purchased their card, bring it to the YWCA service desk where family discounts are then available for $ 116 "Seminary Family," $ 48 "Single Parent Family" and $ 41 "Senior Family" (if the Seminarian or employee is 60 years + this discount applies to their family member(s) regardless of their ages. Learn about the YWCA’s facilities, hours and programming at:

Walking Party on Seminary Trail
Healthy Adams County hosts annual walking parties in different locations around Gettysburg. The September 3 walk takes place on the Gettysburg Seminary Historic Trail. Registration is 5:15-6:15pm. The event is free. Start walking as soon as you register. Questions? Contact Brian DeVost at 717-334-2028 or or Kathy Gaskin 717-337-4137 or

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.

New Student ID Card Photos 
For students who do not yet have ID cards, photo sessions are scheduled for 8:30- 9:00am and 11:30am-12:00pm in the Communications Office during Presession (September 2). For questions contact Katy at

Seminary Student Essay Contest Honoring Eric Gritsch
The Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund invites students to participate in a 700-1,000 word essay contest. This opportunity is open to any student in an ELCA seminary. Gritsch was Gettysburg Seminary's Emeritus Professor of Church History. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, October 5, 2014. For details, see the flyer on the Valentine Hall Kiosk or visit
Installations at the Opening of the School Year
On Tuesday, we’ll gather for Holy Communion at 5:30pm. Pastors Lauren Muratore and Angela Zimmann will be installed as called staff members at Gettysburg Seminary. Their bishops – Wolfgang Herz-Lane and Richard Graham respectively – will be installing them and sharing in leadership of the service. Then we’ll adjourn across the street for dinner. Keep Prs. Zimmann and Muratore in your prayers!

Opening Academic Convocation on Wednesday
The community will gather at 11:55am on Wednesday, Sept. 3, for a convocation at the beginning of the school year. New staff members will be introduced, student officers will be installed, and Mark Oldenburg will be giving the convocation address. On Thursday, we’ll move to our “normal” practice of chapel services every school day, beginning at 11:55am.
Prayerful Reading of Scriptures (lectio divina)
Starting on Sept. 9, interested folk will be gathering in Valentine 311 to use Luther’s version of lectio divina on the next Sunday’s readings. These meetings will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 8:00 - 8:25am.  Anyone is welcome; just show up for any of these, or see Pr. Oldenburg.

Learn Ancient Egyptian 
Middle Ancient Egyptian will be offered for the first time on campus! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn the language of one of the world’s greatest cultures. The class will be offered Monday's from 4:45-7:45pm and will count for 3 elective credits. You are also welcome to audit the class! Please see the following link for the class textbook: Contact Nicole Miller at with questions.

Car and Bicycle Tags for Campus
All students should fill out the online form for car tags to park on campus: Hardcopy forms for bicycle tags have been distributed in student mailboxes. Questions? Contact Wendy Mizenko in the Housing and Events Office

Seminary Music Groups Want You!
See/contact Dr. Folkemer in person or at
The Seminary Choir is open to everyone, regardless of singing ability, music education or musical experience. The Seminary Choir serves as the musical leadership for weekly eucharists. The Seminary Choir sings anthems, psalm settings, hymn stanza arrangements and settings of assigned scripture readings. It is a safe, welcoming place to share your talents, great or modest, and for community members to enjoy a recreational release from the pressures of everyday seminary life. Rehearsals are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:55-1:25pm and Wednesdays from 1:25-1:55pm. The Seminary Choir sings at Wednesday (and special event) eucharists. Even if you can only make 2 of the 4 rehearsals weekly, you are most welcome.
The Seminary Brass Ensemble is open to all brass players in our community with at least an intermediate playing ability. Rehearsals are once per week at a time tbd. The Ensemble plays 2 to 3 times a semester at eucharists and makes a day trip to a congregation in Region 8 late in the Spring Semester.
Organists/Pianists/Instrumentalists. We use a wide variety of musical styles of worship every semester, many of which we prefer to lead with a pick-up band. If you play most any band instrument, or folk instrument, at least at an intermediate level, and are willing to help serve our community in leading worship, contact Dr. Folkemer asap.