Wednesday, December 18, 2013

PS Portions: A Taste of Seminary Happenings, December 2013

PS Portions

A Taste of Seminary Happenings

December 2013

From President Phil Krey 
Celebrating a Good Year in God's Grace

As the calendar year draws to a close, a new church year begins as we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the seminary we have been celebrating a good year in God's grace. 
     On Saturday, December 7, the evening and weekend students had a great covered dish luncheon filled with good cheer. We had a lovely Advent Vespers and reception Sunday, December 8, even though we missed many of our friends because, as a seasonal song suggests, "the weather outside was frightful." On December 20 the whole campus will gather in fun and fellowship around good food. 
     We ask God's blessings upon you in this season of Advent as we await God's grace in the gift of God's son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Read more from President Krey...
Brossman Learning Center conference room dedicated in honor of Dr. Addie J. Butler

Dr. Addie ButlerDr. Addie J. Butler hopes that the dedication in her honor of a conference room at the seminary will inspire students to lead significant lives of service in the church. 
      "When they think of me, I hope they will think of what is possible in their lives as disciples of Jesus," said Butler, described by seminary President Philip D.W. Krey as "a long-time great friend and donor to LTSP." The room, 217, the conference room across the hall from the Kaufmann Enrollment Services offices in The Brossman Learning Center, was dedicated Saturday, December 14 with a celebration in Butler's honor. Learn more about Dr. Butler...
Timothy Wengert's final word: A pep talk from Luther for today's Church

Prof. Timothy WengertPerhaps New Jersey Pastor and LTSP alumnus Kent Klophaus said it best after hearing Professor Timothy Wengert's pre-retirement farewell remarks, a reflection for today's church on Reformer Martin Luther's most popular tract, The Freedom of a Christian. "That was a pep talk for the church's rostered leaders,"Klophaus said, "a chance to regroup and get regrounded."
      Hundreds of alumni and friends constituting an overflow audience crammed the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel and paid tribute to Wengert before and after his remarks with lengthy applause. Read the story, watch the video and see photos from the day...

LTSP Hits the Road!

Pr. Greg Brown and LTSP's Tom HendersonThanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America grant initiative "Stewards of Abundance," a visiting team from LTSP, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, traveled to Rochester, New York, for a weekend with prospective students and congregations.
     Twenty nine people, including visit team members, local clergy hosts, inquiring students, attended the Saturday prospective student dinner. On Sunday morning, local pastors coordinated travel for the Philadelphia team to visit six area congregations for "Seminary Sunday."
     Thanks to the generosity of the ELCA and the Lilly Endowment Inc., five more "Seminary Blitz" weekends are being planned in 2014. Learn more about the New York adventure, and coming road trips...

Other December items of interest:

Register early for Rest, Refreshment and Renewal
April 12, 2014
The Thread That Binds
The Thread that Binds: 150 Years of Woman in Ministry is the theme. Registration makes a perfect gift for
the women in your life


LTSP Spring Christian Education Seminars start in January
Spring Seminars in Christian Education

Come test the waters:
Wet Toes Weekend
A Front-page Prayer 
The New York Times front page on December 2 featured a photo of New York City Fire Chaplain and LTSP DMin student Stephen Harding praying over a victim of the Metro-North commuter train derailment. Click for details and a link to the photo on the NY Times website.
A heartwarming letter of gratitude 
from Sister Mindy Welding of Chestnut Hill College highly praised LTSP's hospitality in hosting this year's Interfaith Hospitality Network Empty Bowl Dinner.

LTSP celebrated the season with two weekend events, the Annual Tree Lighting on December 6 and 
the Annual Advent Vespers on December 8. 
Inclement weather couldn't stop either event

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