News from Lancaster Theological Seminary - November 2014

Mark your Calendar - Details to follow in January

Trustee-Faculty Retreat and Regular Trustee Meeting

January 22-24, 2015


Thursday, January 22

5:00 Reception at President’s house

6:15 Dinner in Refectory followed by discussion of Ralph Warnock book

7:30 Vespers led by Rev. Ken Samuel

Friday, January 23

Travel to retreat location off-campus

8:30 Retreat

  • Presentation on current church realities and trends in theological education
  • Presentation & discussion of mission statement
  • Generate ideas for development of Vision Statement, Identity Statement, and Value Proposition
  • Initial ideas for themes of new sleeker Strategic Plan
  • “Gallery Walk” style of review of new MDiv with opportunity with opportunity to give input

3:00 Return to campus – Free time and rest.

5:00 Worship in Santee Chapel led by student worship team

6:00 Dinner in Refectory

7:00 Committee meetings

Saturday, January 24

8:00 Breakfast – Hafer Center

8:30 Regular Trustee Business

  • Vote on Mission Statement
  • Regular business

11:30 Adjourn

Honoring the Burkes

A celebration of the endowment launch for a Chair in Presidential Leadership was held on Sunday, November 16 at the Pleasantville United Church of Christ in Chalfont, PA. Over 70 people attended to celebrate and thank Frank and Elizabeth Burke for their gift of $1.5 million to be paid over the next 10 years - the largest individual gift in the Seminary's history!

This gift is an extraordinary commitment to the future of our school. The Sunday event allowed us to give thanks collectively and celebrate the Chair in Presidential Leadership it will support. The Bucks County Choral Society ended the evening with moving performances of My Soul, There is a Country by Hubert Parry and Alleluia by Randall Thompson.

Lives Are Changed Here - Thanks to You

Your gifts to Lancaster Seminary help open the doors to an outstanding educational experience for men and women called to serve God, the church, and society. Lives are changed here, thanks to you.

We are grateful for your outstanding participation during the Extraordinary Give on Nov. 21. There were 152 gifts totaling $53,810, placing the Seminary in the Top 10 out of 308 participating nonprofits!

Three donors were selected in a random drawing to receive our "extraordinary thank-you" gifts. The winners are:

Dinner with the President

Trustee Jon Gruber and his 3 guests will enjoy a Spanish-themed dinner with Dr. Carol and Rev. Steve Lytch in the President's home.

Lunch with Dr. Barrett

Mary Ellen Bachman, long-time friend and retired nurse anesthetist will be lunching with Professor Lee Barrett.

$100 Online Store Credit

Alumnus Bill LaSalle, '82, UCC Penn Central Conference moderator, has $100 credit to go shopping in our

online store.

Celebrate the Season

Please remember to RSVP to Celebrate the Season's Vespers service and/or dinner with Lancaster Theological Seminary on Friday, December 12.

Celebrate the Season

Friday, December 12

6:30pm - Vespers service in Santee Chapel

7:00pm - Holiday meal in the Dietz Refectory

RSVPs are due to Carter Farmer by Wednesday, December 3:


Poinsettias in Santee Chapel

It has become a tradition at Lancaster Seminary to order poinsettias each holiday season to decorate Santee Chapel. You are invited to be a part of this celebration by purchasing a plant in honor of or in memory of someone. Each poinsettia comes in a six inch foil wrapped pot with five or more blooms at a cost of $7.00.

The poinsettias will be delivered in time for worship the week of December 8th. The list of plants purchased in honor of or in memory of someone will be listed in the bulletin.

Orders are due by Wednesday, December 3rd. To order, please complete the form below. Make your check payable to Lancaster Theological Seminary. Place your check and the completed order form in Carter Farmer’s mailbox or mail them to her. (order form is below)

Carter Farmer

Lancaster Theological Seminary

555 West James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

You are asked to take home your purchased poinsettia(s) between Friday, Dec 12 at 9:00 p.m and Tuesday, Dec 16 at 12:00 noon. Poinsettias not taken by noon on Tuesday, Dec 16 will be given away.

Bernie Zerkel, Trustee Emeritus

Bernie Zerkel, a Trustee Emeritus and Board Chair, passed away on November 12, 2014. Carol Lytch was present on behalf of the Seminary at Bernie's service held on November 22, 2014.
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During this Advent Season – Sunday, 30 November to Wednesday, 24 December – you are invited to join the Seminary community in prayer each day at 12:00 noon, wherever we are.

The prayers won’t be focused in a single location, but you are welcome to gather with others, as you desire. Participation is completely voluntary.

If you are on campus, you’ll hear the bell ringing at 12 noon as a reminder. (At least we hope so; we are in the process of repairing it.) You may also want to set your phone or computer to remind you to join in prayer each day.

Our common prayer text will be Luke 1, 46-55, often called the Magnificat, which describes the occasion of Mary’s visit to her expectant cousin, Elizabeth.

The Advent Season is a season that seeks to remind us of how much we are waiting on God to act in our world, to appear once again in our midst. Mary has been a powerful image of the Advent Season. This isn’t simply because she gave birth to Jesus. Mary was a faithful daughter of Israel who was aware that the world was in desperate need of justice, mercy, and peace. The world needed to be transformed by God. And it continues to need transformation.

You will receive a printed prayer card, which we will put in your seminary mailbox. We’ll also send out one electronic version via the SonisWeb system. Depending on your notification settings, you’ll receive it as a text or as an email.

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