Greetings on behalf of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Montana State! I along with the LCM Board, area ELCA congregations, and Montana Synod of the ELCA have been holding our MSU students, faculty, and staff in prayer. And we hope that your first month of classes is off to an excellent start!
And particularly for our students, we hope that your college experience will be formative, enjoyable, and something that helps equip you to answer God’s unique call to you. However, as easy as it is to look towards the future, we must not forget the present…
You might hear people say something to the effect of, “Some day when you’re in the real world…” (I often heard that when I was in college.) But you already are in the real world! And God calls you and me and all of God’s beloved to be faithfully engaged here and now for the sake of the world God so loves.
So what does that faithful engagement look like? Well, in part, I think it looks like developing relationships and building community with people. I think it looks like loving our neighbor, serving others, and caring for creation. I think it looks like exploring scripture through study and worship, and applying it to our lives so that we might follow in the way of Jesus.
But I’m especially interested in what you students think that engagement looks like! And I’m interested in supporting you and your peers as you seek to live that out during your college experience. Therefore, we will have the opportunity discern our time and work together on a number of occasions throughout the year – including a dinner and fellowship gathering this Thursday evening (September 29th) at Christus Collegium. We’ll be meeting with Nicholas Sutherland, a Global Mission Recruiter from the ELCA Churchwide office in Chicago, to learn more about the Young Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. So please feel free to join us to learn more about opportunities for a year of service in places like Jerusalem, Mexico, Southern Africa, and the United Kingdom in addition to sharing in dinner and fellowship.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, prayer requests, or are just interested in chatting please feel free to contact me! I’d be happy to meet you for coffee or lunch to discuss those in person as well.
Serving as Intern Pastor