Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Hark, the Glad Sound" - The Annual Advent Vespers

Please join the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia choir and community this Friday, December 1, 2006, (Reading, PA) and Sunday, December 3, 2006, (Philadelphia, PA) in a service of evening prayer and carols of Advent. Both services begin at 7:30 pm and are open to the public. More information and locations are on the seminary Web site:

Thursday, November 23, 2006

ELCA Candidate for Ordination Living with Faith and HIV

God's call comes in many ways, and this story from the ELCA News Service tells the journey thus far of Andrena Ingram, an LTSP student who found hope and faith through the church, and has answered God's call to ordained ministry. It is a pleasure to know Andrena through the LTSP community. She is a quietly forceful, faithful witness to all that God gives us, and it is somehow appropriate on Thanksgiving to pass along this story as another example of the ways God works through us, and another reason to give thanks to God for his gifts to us as individuals, as a community, and as the people of God. You can read Andrena's story here:

In addition to LTSP President Philip Krey, also in the story is Andrena's pastor and mentor, the Rev. Heidi Neumark, a member of the LTSP class of 1982 and a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.

You can read other stories of LTSP students' faith journeys on the seminary Web site:

If you are feeling Called to Serve, tell us your story and learn more about how we can help you answer God's Call to Serve:

On this Thanksgiving Day, may God bless you abundantly as you continue on your journey. - John

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thanksgiving Break, We Give Thanks

The seminary has begun Thanksgiving break, with many students joining the trip back to join family, and others remaining on campus to give thanks with their colleagues and friends. I suspect there will be some studying going on, and staff will continue their work until Thanksgiving, when LTSP closes until next Monday. And we give special thanks to those staff members who will continue to serve through the holiday, keeping the campus safe and functioning every day.

The Annual Report issue of the seminary's magazine, PS, has just been put in the mail, and it gives another opportunity to thank those who support our mission and ministry, and celebrate the abundant support we receive from our donors - friends and supporters all. The magazine also celebrates our students, the future leaders of the church, telling the journeys of a number of members of our junior (first year) class. We'll be posting a copy online after Thanksgiving.

Above all, we give thanks to God, thanks for blessing us abundantly, blessing us with family, friends and colleagues, blessing us with such a place as LTSP, where we see so much good that God gives us and such opportunities to share God's greatness with all His creation. Blessing us with such events as yesterday's TEY (Theological Education with Youth) Affirmation of Baptism Festival, where some amazing young people came to campus to celebrate their baptism, to learn more about their place in God's creation and their responsibility, and ability, to use their God-given gifts to care for what we are given. We are abundantly blessed.

And finally, we wish to share one of our blessings with you, by inviting you to join the seminary choir for the annual Advent Vespers. There are two opportunities to join us in this special service of waiting - in Reading PA on Friday, December 1, and in Mt. Airy (near campus) on Sunday, December 3. More information is on our Web site,

Happy Thanksgiving and God's abundant blessings to you from all of us at LTSP!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Welcome "Philly Visit" Guests

Welcome to our guests who over the next several days are visiting LTSP for the fall Philly visit. This is a chance for prospective students, and often family members, to experience living on campus, attending classes and getting to know the Mt. Airy neighborhood and Philadelphia. I had the chance as the spouse of a potential (and now current) student to experience parts of the Philly visit (I was on the seminary staff but we had not moved to the neighborhood so being able to stay overnight instead of commuting was a real attraction), and it was interesting to see campus life from a different perspective.

Welcome Philly visit guests, I hope you'll find LTSP to be a welcoming, challenging and exciting place, and the Mt. Airy neighborhood to be a unique mix of the city and a main-street USA type of community. Both the seminary and the area are great places to be. - John

Friday, November 10, 2006

Rick Summy returning to parish ministry, Louise Johnson named Acting Director of Admissions

The Rev. Rick Summy, Director of Admissions at LTSP for almost 12 years, has accepted a call from Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, PA, near Reading. His last day at the seminary was yesterday. Rick has been an outstanding colleague and champion of this fine institution and its mission. He has worked to show those called to serve the opportunities to learn that are at the core of LTSP. We will miss his personality, and his passion for the Gospel (and Penn State and the Yankees), though in a message to the community he noted that he will - we hope sooner rather than later - return as a student in our graduate program.

The Rev. Louise Johnson, who has been working with Rick as Associate Director, has been appointed Acting Director of Admissions, and she and the Admissions staff are looking forward to assisting those who are feeling called by God to explore a seminary education. Learn more about Admissions at; contact Pr. Johnson
at, phone 215-248-6321.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Services for LTSP Graduate The Rev. Dr. Franklin D. Fry set

The Rev. Dr. Franklin Drews Fry, a member of the LTSP class of 1952, died on All Saints Sunday at the age of 78. Dr. Fry has been a long time friend and supporter of his seminary, most recently providing the leadership in an initiative that raised over $300,000 to dedicate the Martin and Vera Heinecken Room in The Brossman Learning Center in honor of Professor Martin Heinecken, who taught and inspired Dr. Fry and other seminarians during his tenure on the LTSP faculty.

Dr. Fry, who was retired after serving many years as pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ, was instrumental in the congregation’s establishing the St. Johns Visiting Professor at LTSP, which has brought many distinguished professors to spend a semester on the LTSP campus, most recently Dr. Larry Rasmussen in spring of 2006.

Dr. Fry was a fourth generation pastor. He followed his father, Franklin Clark Fry, into the ministry by way of study at LTSP, and took a great interest in serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessor churches including the Lutheran Church in America. Franklin Clark Fry was president of the United Lutheran Church and its successor body, the Lutheran Church in America. Jacob Fry, Franklin D. Fry’s great grandfather, served the seminary as a professor of Old Testament at the turn of the twentieth century. Pr Fry’s widow, the Rev. Sharon Roth Fry, is a 2003 graduate of LTSP, and serves at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Denville, NJ.

Several services for Dr. Fry are scheduled in December:
- Friday, December 8, 7:00 PM, at St. John, Summit, NJ, with reception following (
- Saturday, December 9, 11:00 AM, at Augustus Lutheran (Trappe), Collegeville, PA
- Sunday, December 10, 10:30 AM, Prince of Peace, Denville (Rockaway), NJ (

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Monday, November 06, 2006

November at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is starting with a number of special events. Tuesday: Quodlibet with Prof. Fred Borsch, a free event open to the public. This coming weekend: Men in Mission and The Philadelphia Visit - registration is still open to both events. Learn more from our eNewsletter @PS online: