A Taste of Seminary Happenings
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.
Brossman Learning Center conference room dedicated in honor of Dr. Addie J. Butler
Dr. 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
Perhaps 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!
Thanks 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...