Friday, May 27, 2011

Solomon's Lutheran Church of Chambersburg welcomes new pastor

LTSP Alumnus the Rev. Bill Nienstedt
LTSP alumnus The Rev. Bill Nienstedt ('07) was recently named pastor of Solomon's Lutheran Church, Chambersburg. 

He told a reporter for Chambersburg's Public Opinion Online "I'm very excited about building ministry and growing the congregation in the context of the growing and vibrant community of Chambersburg," he said. "Solomon's has been a vital faith community rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ for 245 years, and it has a rich and meaningful worship with a wonderful choir and music."  

The full story is on

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Rev. Virginia Thomas ('78) has Died

(this notice is from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, May 18, 2011)

At St. Alban’s, Vermont,
on Saturday, April 30, 2011
occurred the death of

The Rev. Virginia Thomas

The Burial Office will be read
at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011
at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
323 Church Street
Enosburg Falls, Vermont
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Clark Ely, Bishop of Vermont, officiating

The Rev. Virginia Thomas, one of the first women to be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church and the founder of the Dolphins Program of the Merion Deanery in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, was born in Utica, New York, on November 22, 1917. She graduated from Cornell University, majoring in French, in 1938, received an M.A. in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1978, and was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Lyman Ogilby that same year. From 1979 to 1988, she led the Dolphins Program, a visitation ministry of volunteers who call on lonely people in nursing homes and become their one-on-one companions. Upon her retirement in 1988, she and her husband moved to rural Vermont, where she continued to serve as a deacon at St. Matthew’s, Enosburg Falls. Until a month before her death, she regularly preached sermons that were known for their good humor, sound theology, and thoughtful insights into family life and the world around her. She is survived by three children from her marriage of sixty-eight years, and numerous grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, 
and let light perpetual shine upon her.

(Hat tip to Prof. Wil Gafney)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alumnus Bradley Burke (MDiv '10) to be ordained May 21

Photo on Delaware County News  Network
LTSP alumnus Bradley Burke (MDiv '10) will be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on at 10 am Saturday, May 21, 2011, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Aston, PA, according to an article online through the Delaware County News Network. Bishop Claire Burkat of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA will preside, and LTSP professor the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer will preach.

Learn more from Delaware County News Network.

(edited 5/19 to correct day of the service)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LTSP Alumnus Khader El-Yateem talks about Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference

The Rev. Khader El-Yateem (right)
and nephew the Rev. Khader Khalilla
LTSP Alumnus Khader El-Yateem talks about "Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference" in a video posted on the Odyssey Networks video channel. He is pastor of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in New York, and was interviewed for LTSP's PS magazine talking about "Who are our Neighbors?" in fall 2009.

Watch "Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference" online on Odyssey Networks.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ellen McGarr Obituary, LTSP Student and Staff Member

Ellen Harper McGarr was a member of the LTSP community both as a student and member of the staff. Be sure to read both the obituary and the guest book entries, which include a number from colleagues, faculty and friends from the seminary.

Ellen McGarr Obituary: View Ellen McGarr's Obituary by Idaho Statesman