2017-18 Calendar of Events, Activities & Services
New Student Days
Thursday, August 17
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. New Student Days service for students and parents in Weaver Chapel - Led by University pastors Andy & Rachel Tune. An interdenominational Christian service and special service for this time of transition!
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Reception for Jewish students and their families - Morris Lounge, Benham-Pence Student Center; Hosted by Wittenberg faculty
Sunday, August 20
11:00 a.m. All-campus worship service with Holy Communion - Weaver Chapel
Led by Pastors Rachel and Andy Tune
(doughnuts and coffee at 10:30a.m.)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Christian Ministry Fellowship & Open House
Ness Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall
Come for some music, meet new friends, and hear about all the Christian ministries at Witt!
9:00 pm - Catholic Mass, Weaver Chapel
Father Ed Burns, Chaplain at Wright State and Coordinator of Catholic Mass for Wittenberg with Newman Club
Monday, August 21
8:30 p.m. Weaver Chapel Association fellowship night begins.
Meets in Weaver Chapel Activity Room - follow the signs from the back of the chapel. Come to meet new friends! This is a weekly time for discussion about faith and life, for prayer, and for fellowship!
Tuesday, August 22 (Tue/Thurs Weekday Chapel begins on Thursday)
11:45 a.m. Opening Convocation
"First Things First"
Dr. Michael Frandsen, Wittenberg University President
Thursday, August 24
11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m. (followed by an open lunch/meeting time) University Weekday Chapel
Join us in Weaver chapel for student-led music, a brief meditation, and prayers!
Evening - Student Involvement Fair - be sure to visit the tables of all the Campus Ministries!
Friday, August 26
7 p.m. Rootbeer Float Party at the Campus Ministries House
Sunday, August 27 (normal schedule begins)
10:30 a.m. Coffee & Doughnuts/Chapel
11:00 a.m. Sunday morning Worship/ Weaver Chapel
9:00 p.m. Catholic Mass, Weaver Chapel, Father Ed Burns or local priest
Sunday, September 10: Common Ground Picnic
Join all the Christian ministries for a fun afternoon of food and games. Location: Chapel Lawn (Rain site: Gus Geil Lounge).
September 15-17: Homecoming Weekend
Friday, September 15 Presentation & Reception of Poster Exhibit for the Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
4:30 pm “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and its Consequences: A Poster Exhibition. Location: Thomas Library
The exhibition in its entirety will be up through Friday, September 29. This exhibition is printed from digital sources provided by the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology, of the Saxony-Anhalt-State Museum of Prehistory, in Halle, Germany. The same images were used in the fall of 2016 in exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, and the Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta.
Sunday morning, September 17- 11 a.m. Homecoming Celebration Worship Service (preceded by coffee and doughnuts at 10:30 a.m.); Pastor Tom Heil ’67, who served as Interim Pastor to Wittenberg University in 1997-1998, will preach. Special Music by the Wittenberg Choir. Location: Weaver Chapel
Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30: Common Ground Retreat
Join all the Christian ministries in an off-campus retreat! We’ll have some great conversation, gather around a campfire, enjoy breakfast and some outdoor activities. We will leave around 6 pm on Friday night and return around noon on Saturday. More information will be available soon! Cost is covered by Common Ground. Location: Meet at Parking Lot Circle outside student center to travel to a retreat center about 20 minutes from campus.
Tuesday, October 3: Organ Recital to Commemorate the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation
“Music is a Gift and Grace of God”: A Recital and Lecture at the Organ on Music from the Lutheran Reformation
Dr. David Crean, University Organist and Instructor in the Music Department
Location: Weaver Chapel
October 6-8: Family Weekend
Sunday morning, October 8 - (preceded by coffee and doughnuts at 10:30 a.m.) with Chapel Choir and the Wittenberg Singers providing music. Location: Weaver Chapel
Wednesday, October 11: Presentation for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
6:30 pm The Reformation in Print: Publications and Medals from the Thomas Library Collection
Suzanne Smailes, Head of Technical Services and Associate Professor in Thomas Library
Location: Thomas Library
Date TBD 1:30 pm Registration/2:00 pm CROP Walk
CROP Walk - 1:30 Registration; 2:00 Walk. A 3.5 mile walk through Springfield to raise funds to fight hunger around the world, through Church World Service,a coalition of 35 denominations. 25% of proceeds stay in Springfield, the rest provides support in the US and around the world. Date to be announced. Location: Meet at Wally Witt
Wednesday, October 25
7:30 pm Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium - Witt Series (3:30 pm Q&A)
Joy A. Schroeder, Luther Theologian, Professor of Religion and Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion at Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Title: "Neither safe nor right to go against conscience: Martin Luther and Argula von Grumbach on freedom of conscience "
Location: Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Derr Kuss Science Center for 7:30 pm lecture; Q&A earlier in the day at 3:30 p.m. in Weaver Chapel Activity Room
Sunday, October 29
7:30 p.m. Festival Choral Service to Commemorate the Reformation - Witt Series; Special music at 7 p.m. Music by The Wittenberg Choir, the Wittenberg Handbell choir. Location: Weaver Chapel
Tuesday, October 31: A ‘re-enactment” of the Posting of the Ninety-Five Theses
11:30 am - “The Entire Life of Believers is One of Repentance”: A “Re-enactment” of the Posting of the Ninety-five Theses
This “re-enactment” of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses will consider the significance of the event for us today.
Location: Weaver Chapel
November 9-12: All-Class Choir Reunion
Saturday, November 12, 5:30 pm – Choir Reunion Concert Location: Weaver Chapel
Monday, December 4
7:30 p.m. Community MESSIAH Sing - Weaver Chapel Basil Fett, conductor; Trudy Faber, organ and harpsichord
Friday, December 8 Witt Series: A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas
7:30 p.m. A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas - Witt Series
Featuring The Wittenberg Choir, The Wittenberg Handbell Choir, The Wittenberg Singers, and the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra. Special music by university music ensembles at 7:00 p.m. Location: Weaver Chapel
Thursday, February 2, 2018
Candlemas Service - a service in the medieval tradition featuring Wind in the Woods and Schola Cantorum. Location: Weaver Chapel
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Location: Weaver Chapel
Friday, May 11, 2018
2:15 p.m. Baccalaureate Service for the Graduating Class of 2018 Location: Weaver Chapel