by Pastor Lindean Barnett Christenson of Christ the King Lutheran Church
As a pastor of an ELCA church in Bozeman, I love the partnership between LCM and congregations. We can do and be more together than on our own. Congregations have gifts and opportunities to offer students that only an intentionally intergenerational community can provide. At the same time, students have a ton to offer to congregations, sharing gifts of their faith, time, energy, experience, music… the list could go on and on. In addition to creating student-focused community, Lutheran Campus Ministry often serves as a bridge for students looking for a congregation to call home while they’re away from home for college.
One fun tradition at Christ the King Lutheran Church (CtK) which has developed over the last few years, is for our college Bible study group, which normally meets at a local coffee shop on Wednesday nights, to meet at CtK during Holy Week. Those gathered stuff all of the eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning – and there are lots of eggs. There’s always pizza, and plenty of candy sampling. It also provides an opportunity to talk about the events of Holy Week, how they observed it in their home congregations, and how it all fits together in their lives now. It’s a tradition I hope lasts for a long time.
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Montana State is excited to announce that Pastor Kathie Aasheim has been called to serve as our LCM Campus Pastor! She will begin her ministry to the students, faculty, and staff in the fall of 2017. From Pastor Kathie:
As the new ELCA Campus Pastor, I invite you to experience the joy of Christ, the power of the Gospel, and Christ’s welcoming spirit at the Christus Collegium (our hangout), on campus, and frankly, anywhere you’d like to meet! As we witness how God relates to us and the world in which we live, LCM welcomes all throughout their college career and beyond at MSU to pray and play together in the grandeur of the Gallatin Valley!
LCM is a place where all are honored, cared for, and challenged all the while allowing Christ to meet our deepest needs. I am called to identify and encourage the God given gifts and talents individuals have been bestowed with, to compassionately listen to deep needs, and through God’s amazing grace, empower spiritual wellness and passionate engagement on campus and in society through Worship, Bible study, Fellowship and Service thereby discovering vocation as disciples in the world.
Special Note: If you’re an MSU Alumni or interested in being involved with LCM, please send me an email; I’d love to meet with you!