December 7, 2011 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Student friends,

Fall Term is finished when your finals are done. Soon you'll have the break
you've longed for -- to rest, to recreate, to reunite with family and
friends, to recuperate. Ah, welcome winter break.

But that's not all...

As Advent candles remind us, this is the time for waiting and watching to
see what God is up to in the world and in our very own lives. "Light one
candle and wait for Messiah," we sing. Indeed, if we pay attention, we can
see that God is coming in ever-new ways to us and to the world. The Word is
becoming flesh again. Messiah is on the move.

And so we say, "Bring it on, God; bring it on, for your way leads to peace
and hope and light and life and love."

The new term starts January 9. When it does, we'll be waiting for you.

For now I say, may your holidays be bright, your travels be safe, your
homecomings be joyful, and your hearts be stirred anew. Feliz Navidad!

Pr. Jim


November 30, 2011 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Greetings weary and wondering student friends,

STUDY BREAK OPTION. Our St. Nicholas Party and white elephant exchange is
Thursday. Meet at Luther House promptly at 6 so we can carpool to the
Schaufelberger home (3693 NW Oleander Pl., Corvallis) for a home-cooked meal
and more. Bring a wrapped white elephant -- something fun, crazy, or unique
you no longer want. We'll be back by 8:15.

FIRST SUNDAY PIZZA AND PLANNING. You may think of this as the end of Fall
Term, which it is; but it's also the time we begin planning for Winter Term
-- the programs and opportunities for you through Luther House for the
coming year. Come, be part of the conversation and enjoy pizza at Luther
House, 12:30-1:30 this Sunday, December 4.

MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE. Every student who contributes to the Luther House
Annual Appeal by December 15 will have his/her money double-matched by an
anonymous donor.  Translation: if you give $10, the challenger gives $20
which means Luther House ends up with $30! Why not take this opportunity to
give a Christmas gift to Luther House and make your gift really stretch?

Thursday - St. Nicholas party, depart Luther House at 6 promptly
Sunday - Advent worship first, then Sunday pizza and planning, 12:30-1:30
Monday - Finals Week begins
Tuesday - Come-and-Go Lunch, 11:30-1:30
Friday - Interfaith Community Service Advisory Team, 10-12
Saturday - Winter Break begins

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Registration is now open for the 2012 OSU Interfaith
Community Service Conference January 21. It's free and it promises to be an
excellent event. Spots are limited so don't delay; register at I plan to be part
of this exciting new opportunity and hope you'll be part of it too.

See you in the new year! God bless us one and all!

Pr. Jim


November 22, 2011 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Good Tuesday, student readers!

GRACEnotes arrives a day earlier than normal so you won't miss any of the
goodness this week offers.

Today enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving feast ala Hannah and Mary Ann at Luther House
any time between 11:30-1:30. As I write the aromas are already delicious!

Luther House will be closed Thursday through Sunday so you can enjoy the
holiday with family and friends. Good feasting, one and all.

Next Tuesday our lunch guest is Christine Doidge who's just returned from a
yearlong stint with ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission. She'd love to visit
with you to tell her story and encourage your participation in future such
mission endeavors. See the information she's provided, attached.

Thursday, December 1, we'll relocate QUEST to the Schaufelberger home for
supper, a St. Nicholas Party, and white elephant exchange. We really need
you to SIGN UP TODAY at Luther House (or online by replying to this message)
so we know how many to cook for. Details about the white elephant exchange
will come in next week's posting.

And then, Friday-Tuesday, 12/2-12/6 is the 17th Annual Corvallis Nativity
Festival at the LDS church, 4141 NW Harrison Blvd. It's free and it promises
to be an amazing experience.

This Thanksgiving I'm mindful of many blessings: good health, an interesting
job, a comfortable home, a kind and generous family, incredible friends.
Just so you know, I count YOU among my many blessings and I thank God you
are part of my circle of life. May you find many reasons to give thanks and
share your life with others this holiday season.

Safe travels. Bountiful feasting. Well-deserved rest. Many thanks.

Pr. Jim