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Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University
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We are students, faculty, university staff, international guests, and community members linked by faith and committed to academic life.
Give today to Luther House and help us continue the great ministry we provide to the students of Oregon State University.
We are a Reconciling in Christ Community
No matter your economic situation, political persuasion, marital status, gender, physical ability, ethnic background, or sexual orientation – you are welcome here. "All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!"
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GRACEnotes, August 26
Greetings from Luther House and welcome to the last week of August. GRACEnotes is a weekly posting especially for new and returning students. Each week I send you an email with helpful information, a calendar of events, and a brief devotional thought or prayer. I hope you find it useful. It's reprinted here for a wider audience.
Opportunities abound. Here are three special items to note:
First, the opening OSU v. PSU football game is this Saturday. One of the ways Luther House raises funds for ongoing programming is parking cars at Grace Lutheran Church prior to each home game. Want to be part of the parking team? You can help and still make it to the stadium in time for kickoff. Just let me know you’re interested at email@example.com or show up Saturday between 10 and noon (kickoff is at 1:00) and tell the other volunteers you’d like to help. Go Beavs!
Second, the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in Detroit, MI, next summer. The organizers are looking young adult Servant Companions. To see what’s involved and apply, go to http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering/Registration/Volunteers.
Third, the Corvallis Pastoral Counseling Center is seeking a part-time (2 hours/day) office assistant. For information contact the Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center, Ed Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-753-9217, ext. 6.
Other upcoming items of note on the Luther House calendar…
Saturday 8/30 - Football, OSU v. PSU kickoff at 1:00, parking lot fundraiser opens at 10:00
Saturday 9/13 - Luther House Council planning retreat, 9:00-1:30
Saturday 9/20 - Football, OSU v. San Diego, parking lot fundraiser
Sunday 9/21 - Annual Grace Lutheran Salmon Bake, 12:30-3:00, helpers needed
Sunday 9/21, Tuesday 9/23, Wednesday 9/24 - Campus Move-In
Thursday 9/25 - Connect Week Picnic
Monday 9/29 - Fall Term Begins
Tuesday 9/30 - Come and Go Lunch at Luther House, 11:30-1:30
Today I received a gift in the form of a book called The Oldest Living Things in the World by photographer Rachel Sussman. It’s a photo essay with accompanying text that shows living things from every continent. The youngest is more than 2,000 years old and the oldest more than 400,000 years old. It’s an amazing story of sturdiness, adaptation, the ability to endure through time and change, and sheer beauty. When I look at the photos and read the text I feel small – just a breath (even less) in relation to these awesome, old, amazing things. When I contemplate the complexity and fragility of all that comprises the life as we know it, I stop in wonder and I give thanks. Whatever (whoever) authors and sustains such florabundance surely deserves our praise. So this is how my day will be, thankful also that God has called me to life and allowed me to experience this mystery in some small way today. What about you? How will you live this day?
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