Friday, April 29, 2011

The Annual Easter Vespers - Tuesday, May 3

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will hold its annual Easter Vespers on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus. The Seminary Choir, under the direction of Michael Krentz, will lead the music for the service, which will last about forty minutes. Easter Vespers is part of LTSP's annual Alumni Convocation. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LTSP Professor and Alum part of Churches Minister to Boomers article

For the April 21, 2011 issue of AARP Bulletin, writer Susan Kreimer interviewed LTSP Assistant Professor of Homiletics Karyn Wiseman and alum the Rev. Flora Hartford (MDiv 09) as part of an article, "Churches Minister to Boomers," that explores the way churches are ministering to the Baby Boomer generation as boomers approach and enter retirement.

The article can be found online as well as in the print edition.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The battle is o'er, the victory won: Miriam Eileen Recker White

Miriam Eileen Recker White, 79, a resident at Luther Ridge Retirement Community near Chambersburg, PA, died on April 14, 2011 in her home. She was the wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor the Rev. Dr. Andrew J. (Jack) White. Born in Pemberville, OH, on December 9, 1931, to the late Rev. Dr. Dale C. Recker and Mary Ward Recker, she was a graduate of Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, with BA and BS degrees, as well as Temple University in Philadelphia with an MS in Science Education. She married Andrew J. White on May 30, 1953, in Cleveland Heights, OH.

She taught general science and chemistry for thirty years at Chestnut Hill Academy, a boys’ prep school in Philadelphia. She held the Baird Chair, was made an honorary alumna of the Academy, and received a fan appreciation award, the Corning Pearson Award for Distinguished Service, and several other recognition awards.

Always active in her churches, St. Luke Lutheran in Chambersburg and Reformation Lutheran, Philadelphia, as teacher, leader and choir member, she will be remembered as the consummate team player in every endeavor of life.

Miriam was active in the American Chemical Society and was the first high-school teacher ever elected chair of the large Philadelphia Section of ACS. In 1987, she was one of four teachers in the United States to be granted the prestigious Catalyst Award by the Chemical Manufacturers’ Association.

She retired in 1997 and spent the first year of retirement teaching in Bratislava, Slovakia. With her husband, she returned to Slovakia to serve as an official observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the Slovak national elections in 1998.

Returning to the U. S., the couple did volunteer service at the LBJ Ranch in Johnson City, TX. In June of 1999, they settled at Luther Ridge. Miriam was a faithful tutor at the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children for the following ten years.

She spent three months in the fall of 2002 as a volunteer at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Wittenberg Center in Germany. She also served as a recruiter for missionaries for the Global Mission division of the church body. In her lifetime, she traveled in 45 countries on six continents.

Miriam is survived by her husband, Jack, and four children: Mary Sue Burns and husband Michael of Marlinton, WV; Daniel Allen of Atlanta, GA; John Andrew and wife Kay of Houston, TX; and James Dirken and wife Laura of Huntingdon, PA. She has five grandchildren: M. Jesse Burns, Jonathon D. Burns, Sara M. White, Shelby T. White and Joanna M. White. She has two surviving sisters: Donna M. Hall of Sarasota, FL, and Nancy R. McEaneney of Columbus, OH. Her step-mother, Katherine H. Recker, lives in Columbus as well. She was predeceased by a brother, David H. Recker.

Services will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202 on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 11 am. A luncheon will follow at the Fleck Center on the Luther Ridge campus. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice or Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where Miriam has set up a special scholarship fund. Those who know CHA are invited to assist the school she loved in this memorial.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gregory Shreaves (MDiv '05) to be installed May 15

The Rev. Gregory Shreaves (MDiv '05) will be installed as pastor at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church, Knauers (Mohnton), PA on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Allegheny Church is part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Service of Commissioning for Kathie Afflerbach - May 21

It is with great joy and celebration that you are cordially invited to attend the Service of Commissioning as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA for Kathleen A. Afflerbach (MAR '09) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. The service is being held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 19 S. 10th Street, Quakertown, PA. All clergy are invited to vest and process, and a reception will follow the service.

Kathie, who has served at LTSP for over 10 years, has been extended a call by the seminary as the Lay Theological Education Coordinator. In this role she will be working towards providing continuing education opportunities for developing and equipping lay leaders as well as promoting and strengthening the current lay theological education offerings of the Faith and Life Institute at LTSP. Kathie will also connect to advisory planning groups such as the Network for Lifelong Learning of the ELCA Eastern Cluster to develop programs for lay theological education between the seminary, ELCA synods, and ecumenical partners.

Kathie will continue her current responsibilities as Director of Donor Services in the Development Office.

Congratulations Kathie!