December 31, 2007

Greetings students!

I write you on the eve of the new year. I trust you've had good holidays with family and friends. Hopefully you're well-rested and enthused for the beginning of a brand new term.

We at Luther House have been planning for your return. With the good help of the Student Leadership Team a whole array of experiences will be offered in the coming months. Please refer to the Winter 2008 Term Brochure in which you'll find an overview about things to come here. The information can also be found here at the Lutheran Students website. We look forward to your participation and your leadership.

Winter 08 Term Brochure.pdf

Just to whet your appetite for the first-week's activities, take note:

Sunday 1/6 ­ Taizé Prayer is offered at 7 pm
Tuesday 1/8 ­ our Come and Go lunches resume from 11:30-1:30
Thursday 1/10 ­ QUEST starts at 6 pm with an Epiphany party fit for a king
Sunday 1/13 ­ the monthly pizza get-together with Evensong at 7 pm

Rejoicing continues as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the dwelling earth in human flesh by the God who was, who is, and who is to come!

"Love has come ­ a light in the darkness!
Love shines forth in the Bethlehem skies.
See, all heaven has come to proclaim it;
hear how their song of joy arises:
Love! Love! Born unto you, a Savior!
Love! Love! Glory to God on high." (text: Ken Bible, b. 1950)

Joy in the new year!

Pr. Jim


December 3, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Greetings student scholars!

How quickly the term has come and gone! Facing finals can be a daunting experience. I may be older than you by more than a generation but I can still remember exam days - really! What can I say but "do well, take care of yourself, and I'm praying for you!"?

Once you're finished, enjoy a long winter break, travel safely, and come back refreshed. I conclude this term's GRACEnotes with Advent and Christmas good wishes for you and yours.
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS. John the Baptist, from prison, wondered if Jesus was the Messiah or if he should look for another. Jesus' answer? "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them." (Matthew 11:4-5). God is afoot within the universe!

R.EMEMBER. Luther House is open this week should you want to come by a study, sleep, meet up with friends, play a game, or just plain relax.

A.CTIVITIES this week. For Advent we've had the good sense to suspend all activities except for Tuesday Come and Go lunch. 11:30-1:30. Soup, bread and holiday cookies are on the menu. Winter term activities will be posted to the Luther House website by the first week of January.

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ­ This is the season of carols and familiar hymns. Why not use one or more of them as your Advent prayer of expectation. Here's a familiar one that can be said or sung slowly each day of Advent as you wait with the whole world for the good news of Messiah's birth:

"Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of ev'ry nation, joy of ev'ry longing heart."

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD. Since the new church year which began yesterday is following Matthew's gospel, try reading one chapter a day (there are 28 chapters) between now and the end of the December. The end of the calendar year will coincide with Matthew's finale.


November 15, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Hi Students All! Since next week includes Thanksgiving break, I'll post information today for this week and next week both. In other words, I won't send a weekly posting next week. So let me wish you a good Thanksgiving break. Safe travels. And good rest so you're ready for dead week and finals when you return! For current news and upcoming programs at Luther House, read on!
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS ­ "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, O Most High!" (Psalm 92:1)

R.MINDER - Tonight for QUEST we're doing a short service project to help someone move. We're only committed for one hour. Meet at Luther House at 6. Tomorrow night is Game Night starting at 7. Be there (at Luther House) or forfeit your turn!

11/15 - tonight, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST, carpool to service project, food provided, back by 7:30
11/16 - Game Night at Luther House, 7 pm till you're tired
11/18 - 12:30, Holden Village pre-trip meeting with lunch at Luther House; 7 pm, Evensong at Grace Lutheran Church
11/20 - 11:30-1:30, Come and Go Lunch, guest chef from Viet Nam
11/22 - Thanksgiving (yum yum)
11/25 - 7 pm, Evensong at Grace Luther Church ­ the Fall Term offering will be received. Bring your clay pots with your offering to the service

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ­ When I was a student pastor, my supervisor taught me a lot about giving ­ time, talent, and money. Ever since I've made a point of committing myself to share all three to the glory of God. How
about you? Your time, your abilities and the money you have are all gifts of God. The world is filled with needs. A major Christian spiritual practice is to commit all the blessings of life to those who are in need and to
specifically set aside a portion of one's time, talent and money as evidence of this commitment. Today ask yourself, "How am I sharing the time I'm given, the talents I have, and the financial resources at my disposal?" Then ask, "How can I grow to give even more away?"

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD ­ your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 98, I Samuel 28:3-19, Romans 1:18-25
Friday - Psalm 98, 2 Samuel 21:1-14, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
Saturday - Psalm 98, Ezekiel 10:1-19, Luke 17:20-37
Sunday - Psalm 98, Malachi 41-2a, Luke 21:5-19
Monday - Psalm 141, Ezekiel 11:14-25, Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Tuesday - Psalm 141, Ezekiel 39:21-40:4, I Corinthians 10:23-11:1
Wednesday- Psalm 141, Ezekiel 43:1-12, Matthew 23:37-24:14


November 8, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Mid-Term Greetings and Good Wishes, Students!

Even with an hour more sleep last weekend, it seems time is flying
faster than ever. I trust you're keeping up with assignments, lab
reports, reading and tests ­ at least I hope this is so for you. As
week 7 nears its conclusion, I write to tell you there's much more for
you at Luther House to nurture your spirit in the coming days and
weeks. Remember, Luther House is a resource for YOU. Come and visit,
enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, take a nap, study or use the wireless
internet. You'll be glad you did.
Till I next see you, be well, keep the faith!
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS ­ From Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, theologian and ethicist: "We are
God's 'rusty tools' who are called in Holy Baptism and sustained by
Holy Eucharist not to perfection but to usefulness. Our calling is to
offer abundant life to the places where injustice, systemic sin,
despair, and deep need reside."

R.EMEMBER - the Evensong offering this term is going to Heifer
International; bring your offerings to worship Sunday, November 25.

11/8 - tonight, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST, we'll smash the giant pumpkin!
11/9 - Dad's Weekend begins (Go Beavs! Look out Dawgs!)
11/11 - 7 pm, Evensong at Grace Lutheran Church
11/13 - 11:30-1:30, Come and Go Lunch, guest chef Yiqing Ma from China

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ­ One of our students tells me he's been
reading the daily readings (provided below) and keeping brief notes
about how the readings intersect with his life, classes, connections
with friends, and questions he's working on. Why not give it a try?

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD ­ your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 17:1-9, Deuteronomy 25:5-10, Acts 22:22-3:11
Friday - Psalm 17:1-9, Genesis 38:1-26, Acts 24:10-23
Saturday - Psalm 17:1-9, Exodus 3:13-20, Luke 20:1-8
Sunday - Psalm 17:1-9, Job 29:23-27a, Luke 20:27-38
Monday - Psalm 123, Job 20:1-11, 2 Peter 1:16-21
Tuesday - Psalm 123, Job 21:1, 17-34, 2 John 1-13
Wednesday- Psalm 123, Job 25:1-26:14, John 5:19-29


November 1, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Hi Students! Today the church observes the Festival of All Saints.
"What's that?" you ask. It's the day set aside to remember those who've
preceded us in faith and to thank God for their witness by which we are
better prepared
to follow Christ in our day. Naturally, then, the theme of this
GRACEnote greeting revolves around just that idea ¬ for all the saints.

-Pr. Jim.

G.OOD WORDS - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that
clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is
set before us..." (Hebrews 12:1).

R.EMEMBER - Three things: 1) The deadline for signing up to go to
Holden Village is tonight. Want to go? Bring $100 by the end of the day
to Luther House. 2) Saturday is our service project in behalf of the
Linn-Benton Food Bank. Meet at Luther House by 10:15. 3) Saturday night
turn your clocks back one hour. If you don't, you'll be an hour early
for everything on Sunday!

11/1 - tonight, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST - "Remembering the Saints"
11/3 - Saturday, food bank bag distribution, 10:15-lunch
10/28 - Sunday, 12:30 First Sunday Pizza at Luther House followed by
Student Leadership Team planning meeting; 7 pm Taizé Prayer at Grace
Lutheran Church
10/30 - Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 - Come and Go Lunch

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - an idea for you to try...
Take a moment today to remember and thank God for someone who was a
witness to you of faith in Christ. Who was it? A parent? Grandparent?
Friend? Someone famous or someone ordinary? If you have a photograph of
that person, get it out and study it. Ask "what were the
characteristics of this person's faith that helped me better know God?"
and "how might I repeat those good
qualities in my own life?" Light a candle in memory and thanksgiving of
that person. Offer a few prayers to God as you recall their witness. If
they're still living, write a short note to them telling why you admire
their faith and life.

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD - your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 32:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-11, 24-33, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Friday - Psalm 32:1-7, Job 22:21-23:17, 2 Peter 1:1-11
Saturday - Psalm 32:1-7, Isaiah 1:1-9, John 8:39-47
Sunday - Psalm 149, Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Luke 6:20-31
Monday - Psalm 50, Nehemiah 13:1-3, 23-31, I Corinthians 5:9-13
Tuesday - Psalm 50, Zechariah 7:1-14, Jude 5-21
Wednesday - Psalm 50, Amos 5:12-24, Luke 19:11-27


October 25, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Here's wishing you a good Thursday, student friends!

Today's posting anticipates the coming celebration of the Reformation
-- a big deal in Lutheran churches because it was the diligent work and
deep faith of a young professor in Wittenberg, Germany in the early
1500s that ignited a revolution that went worldwide. We don't worship
the man (Luther) or the event, but we do celebrate the amazing energy
of God's Spirit to re-form the church and us too. Thanks be to God for
reformations still underway in us and in our world!
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS - "For you have been saved by grace through faith, and this
is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8).

R.EMEMBER - The deadline for signing up to go to Holden Village is Nov.
1. To be fully registered $100 is due that day. We've filled the
reservation list but started an alternate list in case those who signed
up can't go. If you'd still like to have a spot should one open up, get
your name on the list now.

10/25 - tonight Thursday, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST
10/26 - Friday, 6 pm, Halloween costume party with Newman Center and
WestM students at Luther House. Costumes required. Games and pumpkin
carving. Chili supper included free.
10/27 - OSU Homecoming. Go Beavs!
10/28 - Sunday, road trip to Mission of the Atonement in Beaverton
where students will help lead this Lutheran/Catholic service - leave
7:30 a.m. University Evensong at Grace Lutheran Church celebrates
Reformation at the regular time, 7 pm
10/30 - Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 - Come and Go Lunch at Luther House

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - an idea for you to try...
There's a way of reading scripture called lectio divina. It's done by
taking a passage of scripture and reading slowly, deliberately,
meditatively, several times in a row. As one reads one pays attention
to each word, each phrase, each thought and idea. It shouldn't be
hurried. When one reads this way new ideas emerge, new understandings
are revealed. This week, try
reading Psalm 46 (the psalm on which the famous hymn "A Mighty
Fortress" is based) and compare the phrases from scripture to events in
our world today -- worries, wars, fires, danger. I think you'll
discover insights that give you hope, strength, courage. Let me know
how it goes.

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD - your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 84:1-7, Jeremiah 9:1-16, 2 Timothy 3:1-9
Friday - Psalm 84:1-7, Jeremiah 9:17-26, 2 Timothy 3:10-15
Saturday - Psalm 84:1-7, Jeremiah 14:1-6, Luke 1:46-55
Sunday - Psalm 46, Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 8:31-36
Monday - Psalm 84:1-12, I Samuel 2:1-10, I Peter 4:12-19
Tuesday - Psalm 84:1-12, Daniel 5:1-12, I Peter 5:1-11
Wednesday - Psalm 84:1-12, Daniel 5:13-31, Matthew 21:28-32


October 17, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Mid-week greetings, students!

Usually I send my weekly posting to you on Thursday, but tomorrow I'll
be out of the office most of the day. So, today's the day to send a few
newsworthy notes your way. I hope your mid-terms are going well. -Pr.

G.OOD WORDS - from the Lutheran Volunteer Corps brochure, "Nelson
Mandela said that 'we must use time creatively, and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.'"

R.EMINDERS - 1) Kirsten Nordmark, Lutheran Volunteer Corps rep will be
hosting a table at the MU today and joining us for QUEST tomorrow
night; 2) This Saturday 11:15-1:15 at Luther House is the first monthly
service project of the year, a neighborhood eco-scavenger hunt. Prizes
will be awarded for the most junk collected, most outrageous junk
found, largest amount of recycleables, etc. Free lunch provided. Option
to stay after for more social time.

10/17 - Thursday, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST with Kirsten Nordmark
10/19 - Saturday, 11:15-1:15 at Luther House, neighborhood cleanup service project with prizes and lunch
10/21 - Sunday 7 pm, University Evensong at Grace Lutheran Church
10/23 - Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 - Come and Go Lunch at Luther (guest chef Wilhemina from Ghana)
10/26 - Friday, 6 pm at Luther House - Halloween Costume Party with students from Westminster House and Newman Center

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - an idea for your to try...
Keep a spiritual journal. It might include important thoughts or
questions you've pondered, recollections of people or situations you've
encountered during the day, sketches or artistic expressions, poems
you've read or lyrics to songs you've heard, and much more. Make it
your own. Looking back over these accumulated spiritual tracings can be
very rewarding. You can see how your spiritual life has changed, grown,
matured. And it can help you organize your prayer life. Give it a try.

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD - your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 121, Isaiah 54:11-17, Acts 17:22-34
Friday - Psalm 121, Genesis 31:43-32:2, 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Saturday - Psalm 121, Genesis 32:3-21, Mark 10:46-52
Sunday - Psalm 121, Genesis 32:22-31, Luke 18:1-8
Monday - Psalm 56, I Samuel 25:2-22, I Corinthians 6:1-11
Tuesday - Psalm 57, I Samuel 25:23-35, James 5:7-12
Wednesday - Psalm 57, I Samuel 25:36-42, Luke 22:39-46


October 11, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Thursday means it's time for me to send my weekly posting to you.
Earlier today you received an information-packed note from Alina. You
can see there is much for you to be involved in this term. I won't
repeat what she said. Instead, I'll follow my pattern (have you noticed
that the first letter of each paragraph, when added together, forms the
word "grace"?) as I offer the following. Read on and live well, good
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS - Dag Hammarskjold as quoted by Martin Marty in the
Christian Century - " our era the road to holiness necessarily
passes through the path of action."

R.EMEMBER - Sign up sheets for the Holden Village service trip
(December 8-17) and the visit to Mission of the Atonement (October 28)
are available on the Luther House hospitality table.

10/11 - tonight, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST, simple supper and discussion centering on "what Lutherans believe"
10/14 - Sunday, 7 pm, University Evensong at Grace Lutheran Church
10/16 - Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 - Come and Go Lunch at Luther House
10/18 - Thursday, 6-7:30 - QUEST, simple supper and discussion

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - an idea for you to try...
Mary runs each day. She tells that she started praying for a
hospitalized friend each time she passed Good Samaritan hospital here
in Corvallis. As the days went by she began to add prayers for the
doctors, nurses, others
who were sick and the family members and friends who wait for the
healing of their loved ones. Her awareness and prayer-life expanded.
Are you a runner? Biker? Walker? Why not try Mary's spiritual practice
as you get your
exercise? The homes you pass, the people you meet, the traffic you
negotiate, the businesses on your route ­ they all need prayer. You can
be their intercessor. So run (or walk) with perseverance and remember
to pray for all in need.

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD - your guide to daily scripture readings...
Thursday - Psalm 111, Leviticus 14:33-53, 2 Timothy 1:13-18
Friday - Psalm 111, Numbers 4:34-5:4, 2 Timothy 2:1-7
Saturday - Psalm 111, Numbers 12:1-15, Luke 5:12-16
Sunday - Psalm 111, 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Luke 17:11-19
Monday - Psalm 61, 2 Kings 5:15-19a, Acts 26:24-29
Tuesday - Psalm 61, 2 Kings 5:19b-27, Ephesians 6:10-20
Wednesday - Psalm 61, 2 Kings 15:1-7, Mathew 10:5-15

Fall Term at Luther House

Hey All!

My name is Alina Haberstroh and for those of you who don't know who I
am, I am the tenet at Luther House and am a junior in pre-pharmacy. And
as the tenet I'll be sending out a term e-mail letting you know the
cool stuff we've got going on here for the next couple months. If
you're on the listserv and haven't been by in a while we miss you and
hope you come by and visit sometime. If you're on the listserv and have
never been to Luther House I highly recommend you come visit for you
first time! I'd like to think that I'm nice and all the others are even
nicer. (We don't bite).

So here are the main events we have going on Fall term. See Pr. Jim's GRACEnotes for the weekly events.

10/20 Neighborhood Clean-Up. We'll be canvassing our neighborhood
searching for garbage. Meet at Luther House at 11:30 am and we will
depart to make our community a cleaner place.

10/26 Halloween Party. 6 pm until pumpkin time in the basement of
Luther House. This is going to be a big shin-dig with our group, and
the folks from WestM and the Newman Center. It'll be a jolly good time
with pumpkin carving, pictionary, chili and other munchies. Costumes
are a must.

10/28 Trip to Mission of the Atonement in Beaverton. We are planning on
leaving around 8:15 am to go worship with this congregation that is
50/50 Lutheran/Catholic.
P.S. Pr. Jim is preaching so we are also going to cheer him on.

11/3 November Service Project. We will be helping out at the Linn Benton Food Share. Details will come soon.

11/16 Game Night. Hang out and play games with a rowdy Luther House crowd. We play a mean pictionary so bring your best game.

So there you have it. I hope you can make the time between your studying to come make some new friends here at Luther House.

God bless,

Alina Haberstroh


October 4, 2007 - GRACEnotes from Luther House

Hey Students, good morning from Luther House!

Week two is nearly complete. That means 20% of the term is done. Wow!
Time is marching (or is it running?). Each Thursday I'll post a short
memo to let you know what's happening here at Luther House and to give
you a shot of inspiration. FYI, today is the traditional day to
remember the life and wisdom of St. Francis. His witness inspires some
of the following.
-Pr. Jim

G.OOD WORDS - as seen on a bumper sticker - "Knowledge speaks, Wisdom listens."

R.EMEMBER - "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world and those who dwell therein." (Ps. 24:1)

10/4 - tonight, 6 pm at Luther House, QUEST, simple supper and discussion centering on Care of the Earth in honor of St. Francis
10/7 - Sunday, 12:30 at Luther House First Sunday Pizza (note change of
location from American Dream!) followed by Student Leadership Team
meeting and 7 pm Taizé Prayer at Grace Lutheran Church.
10/9 - Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 - Come and Go Lunch at Luther House
10/11 - Thursday, 6-7:30 - QUEST, simple supper and discussion

C.HRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - an idea for you to try...
Repeating ancient prayers that are tried and true is a method some
believers use to deepen their spiritual lives. Here's a well-known
prayer attributed to St. Francis that's especially fitting for our
time: "Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred,
let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord,
union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where
there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we
may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as
to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we
receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life."

E.NCOUNTER THE WORD - your guide to daily scripture readings
Thursday - Psalm 37:1-9, 2 Kings 18:1-8, 28-36, Revelation 2:8-11
Friday - Psalm 37:1-9, 2 Kings 19:8-20, 35-37, Revelation 2:12-29
Saturday - Psalm 37:1-9, Isaiah 7:1-9, Matthew 20:29-34
Sunday - Psalm 37:1-9, Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Luke 17:5-10
Monday - Psalm 3, Habakkuk 1:5-17, James 1:2-11
Tuesday - Psalm 3, Habakkuk 2:5-11, I John 5:1-5, 13-21
Wednesday - Psalm 3, Habakkuk 2:12-20, Mark 11:12-14, 20-24

September 5, 2007 - Greetings returning and incoming students!


A new term awaits. The excitement is building. Grocery stores are
stocking their shelves, residential life staff is deep in training, the
bookstore is loaded with orange and black clothing and stacked
textbooks from floor to ceiling, rental signs are popping up around
town even as some of you are moving into to apartments and greek
houses. There¹s a kind of "fall feeling" in the air. And so it is at
Luther House as well.

A full menu of possibilities awaits you here. With the help of the
Student Leadership Team, an ambitious schedule of programs and
activities has been planned to nurture your soul, stimulate your mind,
activate your desire to serve others, help build friendships, and get
you involved in deepening your faith. There¹s something here for you!

I look forward to seeing those of you who are returning so we can catch
up on your summer adventures. I also look forward to meeting you who
are new to campus. You¹ll find a welcome spirit at Luther House.

Now, take a moment to check out what¹s happening at Luther House by
visiting the Activities and Calendar pages of this web site.

Welcome to Fall Term! May God¹s Spirit simultaneously help you settle
in and stir you up for a challenging, inspiring, faith-filled year!

Pr. Jim


June 7, 2007


Don't forget...

6:00 tonight, Thursday, the bishop is coming for supper and
conversation with you students. Come and meet him and share your
thoughts. BBQ and conversation completed by 7:30.

12:30 Sunday, 6/10, Student Leadership Team meeting to put finishing touches on Fall Term 2007 program schedule. Done by 1:30.

Last Evensong service Sunday at 7 pm, Grace Lutheran Church. A litany
of blessing for all those who'll be leaving us with communion, prayer,
and refreshments. See you there.

Tuesday next week, the final Come-and-Go lunch from 11:30-1:30. If your exam schedule permits, come and join us.

That's all folks!

Pr. Jim

P.S. I'll send one more finals week devotional thought and then my
keyboard fingers will take a rest. If you'll be around this summer, let
me know. Perhaps we can organize an occasional spur-of-the-moment