Lutherfest 2018

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An Expectant New Beginning

I planted and Apollos watered but God gave the growth"1 Corinthians 2:6

As I begin my first days of my first quarter at Luther House, these words from the apostle Paul come to mind for me. Not because our community of faith is plagued by conflict and rivalry so rife in the church at Corinth, issues for which these words originally were penned to address. Quite to the contrary! We couldn’t be a more unified and genial bunch.

Rather, these words come to mind because of the able planting that was done prior to my arrival by my predecessor, Pastor Jim Norlie. At every turn, I’m reminded again and again that I am watering the fertile field Pastor Jim planted during his more than two decades of faithful ministry at Luther House: What gifted students! What engaged and able leadership! What solid support from friends and congregational partners! What a beautiful and well-cared for facility! What excellent systems of management! What a stellar reputation on the Oregon State University campus!

What a privilege it is to build on Pastor Jim’s legacy.

As I work to water this well-tended field, however, I do so mindful of an even greater promise: In all things, whether planted or watered, God gives the growth. Whatever is produced on my watch in coming years will be a fruit of the Spirit. Our strength at Luther House – and our success- is hid in God. So together you and I labor in this ministry expectantly, confident a harvest will come because of the Living One to whom this mission field belongs – which is very good news in this season of uncertainty for institutions like ours associated with churches of the decidedly former “mainline.”

Please take note of the ministries described in this edition of the Luminary. Like a “master of a household” (Matthew 14:52) we are bringing out treasures both “old and new”. Some old faithful programs endure while new ones are being launched. All are aimed at stirring and forming the faith of students, leading them to discover with us the brave new world God is bringing into being through Christ.

Thanks be to God for this hopeful and life-giving work we are given to do together!

Pastor Mike

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Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University

The name of the OSU-recognized student organization is called Lutheran Campus Ministry at OSU. It's one of many religious groups on campus that, together, form the Spiritual Life at OSU organization. LCM welcomes all students to participate in activities, programs, social events and service projects sponsored by the organization. It's governed by a Student Leadership Team. The SLT meets monthly, usually on Thursday evenings, to plan activities. LCM is part of the national Lutheran Student Movement organization LSM-USA.