September 19, 2014  •   Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 14



Mon.: Bourbon Glazed Chicken Thights, rice pilaf

Tues.: Salisbury Steak, smashed potatoes

Wed.: Homestyle Turkey Rice Soup, salad bar, breads

Thurs.: Homemade Pizza buffet (meat and cheese), Caesar Salad bar

Fri.: Roast turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese on a sesame bagel, warm potato salad


Sept. 19-21: The Weekend (discernment retreat)

Sept. 24: Senior Approval Panels; Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop; No classes


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Common Ground
Common Ground will be held Sept. 26-28, on Seminary Ridge! There will be great concerts, music workshops, and more, that will look at war and the Church, civil rights, veterans, and the underground railroad. Plus, you can sing and jam with the string band, sing in the Common Ground Gospel Choir and learn about 19th century cooking. A variety of presenters and artists will share their stories and knowledge, including Kim & Reggie Harris, Dr. Maria Erling, the Martin Family Band, Walt Michael, Jill Titus, and more. Friday night will feature a Music, Gettysburg! concert followed by a dance led by Drs. Briant and Karin Bohleke and Dearest Home. Saturday night will feature “Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital” at Christ Lutheran (Gettysburg). All events are free for seminary students and faculty, while families may register with the group rate. To register, visit

Residency opportunity
Rev. Peter Marty from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA will be visiting to talk to interested seniors regarding a pastoral residency program.  Please contact Ms. Tammy Hermanson to schedule a time on Monday afternoon, Sept. 22 or Tuesday morning, Sept. 23 at to meet in Valentine 312.  Brochures are also available on the Field Ed. table outside of Katie Dodd's office.  

People’s Climate March
Join fellow Lutherans at the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, in New York City! Not able to make the trip to NYC? Join a Climate March closer to home (find an event near you by visiting or sign the ELCA’s Interfaith Climate Petition at

Seminary student essay contest
The Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund invites students to participate in a 700-1,000 word essay contest. The essay should address the question, “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?” The prize for first place is $750! 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

Navy chaplain on campus
Navy Chaplain and JAG Program Director, LT. Brian Allen, will be in the coffee shop on Oct. 8, from 8:30am-4pm. He will have information on being a Navy Chaplain and more. To make an appointment please contact him directly at In addition, the Field Ed. office seeks a student host to take LT Allen to chapel and lunch (free lunch for both). If interested, please see Katie in the Field Ed. office  

Outdoor storage bin
The storage bin, located in the residential quad between Steumpfle and Heiges, is available for storing outdoor activity equipment. The bin already has some great items, including sidewalk chalk and a wiffleball set. Please note that these items are for the whole seminary community to enjoy, so we ask that you do not take them home and remember to place them back in the bin when you are finished. You are also welcome to contribute items. Thanks and enjoy!

It’s Today!
The Weekend is here! Late this afternoon, participants and guests will begin to arrive for The Weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. As you see new faces on campus, please greet them warmly and welcome them to our community. We are looking forward to seeing so many of you gathered tonight to meet those participating in The Weekend. Even if you did not sign up for dinner, you are invited to join in Holden Evening Prayer at 8:30pm,in the chapel. Thank you for making Gettysburg Seminary such a welcoming place for those who are discerning God’s call!

Keep a sweater at hand in Valentine
The boiler has been taken off line temporarily (two weeks expected) in Valentine Hall for repairs and alterations that will make the system more efficient and durable.  The new design and additional high efficiency furnace will also guard against future breakdowns of the boiler in winter months.  Normally, we are not yet in heating season, but cool nights might make the building a little cooler than usual.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Workshop
The Sexual Abuse Prevention Education workshop will be on Sept. 24, from 9am-6pm.  All candidates preparing for rostered ministry within the ELCA will be required to complete the one-day workshop prior to graduation.  The cost of the workshop is $50.  Please email Julie Ritter ( to register for the workshop.

Horizon International internship
Students who are planning to go on internship in 2015-16 and are interested in Horizon International internships are invited to stop by the Field Ed. office (Val. 123) to receive information.

14th Annual Tachmindji Event
Joseph Montville, from George Mason University, will lead a presentation on “Christian Jewish Reconciliation: The Unfinished Business” for the 14th Annual Tachmindji Event on Oct. 26, at 5:30-8:30pm. The event will take place at American University School of International Service (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC). Please RSVP by emailing .

January term registration
January term registration materials are posted on the Registrar’s page of the seminary web site. Registration will open Oct. 1.

Rides to Christ Church for a seminarian
Beth Smaligo, second-year student, is in need of transport to Christ Lutheran Church here in Gettysburg on Sundays for 8:15am. This is a one-way trip for teaching parish. She will need transport each Sunday of the semester until Dec. 7, except the Sundays before and after Thanksgiving. If you are able to help out, please email as soon as possible. Beth thanks you very much in advance!

Cormorant’s Fancy at The Shamrock
Want to see Dr. Folkemer’s alter ego?  Looking for a great meal, at a reasonable price, and fun music?  Come to The Shamrock Restaurant and here the seminary’s own, Cormorant’s Fancy celtic band.  The band features Dr. Folkemer, his wife, Beth, and daughter, Margaret!  The Shamrock is 25 minutes south on Rt. 15 just this north of Thurmont, MD.  The band is playing this weekend, Sept. 20 (5-8:30pm) and Sept. 21 (4:30-8pm).  Reservations are recommended (301-271-2912).  Ask to be seated near the band as they play without amplification!