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LTSP Notes – August 2015

LTSP Hosts 17th annual Empty Bowl Dinner November 18

Celebrating our 17th annual Empty Bowl Dinner and 24 years of helping families!

Empty Bowl 2015The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia proudly hosts the 17th annual Empty Bowl Dinner to benefit Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN). With the help of over 300 volunteers, this fundraising event advances PIHN’s mission to find lasting solutions to family homelessness and its underlying causes.

Come enjoy family-friendly activities and live entertainment! For a modest donation, guests receive a free handcrafted bowl, and enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast of fresh soups, breads and desserts. At the end of their meal, each attendee leaves with their empty bowl as a reminder that every night in the city of Philadelphia 1,000 children go without a meal or a place to call “home.”

Tickets on sale soon, flyers to share are online now on the Empty Bowl Facebook page.


Campus Closure Policy

In the event of a storm, tornado, blizzard or other forms of inclement weather, we monitor inclement weather by news and weather sources, particularly radio station KYW (1060-AM). If the weather or security issues warrant the campus to be closed the following decisions will be taken:

Code Red: Campus closed. It is not safe for any personnel to come to campus, except for security, operations and necessary grounds crew. This is not counted as a choice day for employees. Instructors should be in touch with students directly as to whether alternative methods of instruction will take place, or a make-up session will be held.

Code Orange: Campus open, Classes suspended. Staff should use discretion in reporting to work. If weather prohibits travel, staff should contact supervisor regarding whether a late arrival, early departure, or choice day is required. Instructors should be in touch with students directly as to whether alternative methods of instruction will take place, or a make-up session will be held.

Code Yellow: Late Start, Early Closure. The campus will be opened or closed at a designated time. Staff should report or be released at a designated time. Instructors should be in touch with students directly as to whether alternative methods of instruction will take place if their course is affected during this time period.

Decisions for a Campus Closure will be made in consultation with the following persons, in this order: Security Officer, Operations Manager, and one of the following: President, VP for Administration, Dean, CFO, or other designated official who is on campus. The Director of Communications and Director of Information and Learning Technology will be contacted for immediate posting of notification on the website, phone systems, and KYW (1060-AM). Normally, a decision for closure will be made by 6:00 am.


President Lose Keynote Speaker at NEPA Adult Ministry Festival

Why Don’t Our Kids & Grandkids Go To Church & What Can We Do About It?

Keynote Speaker:  The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President of The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia

Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Nativity Lutheran Church | 4004 Tilghman Street | Allentown, PA 18104

Workshop Selections:

  • “Open to the Spirit” Bible Study
  • Prayer Can Change You
  • How the Seminary Is Preparing Students for the Future Church;
  • Storytelling
  • Keeping Brain & Body Strong
  • Faithfully Connected in Life’s Second Half

Registration or more information:



A Dedication Celebration for Ruth M. Aden, wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor LeRoy Aden, is planned for Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Honickman Auditorium of Germantown Academy, 340 Morris Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Following a Celebration of Life, a Music Lesson Room at the academy will be dedicated in Ruth’s memory. Please join in the celebration.

Ruth Aden dedication invitation


Former LTSP professor Charles R. Streich died June 22, 2015. Born November 6, 1936, Professor Streich was interested in music, sports and learning. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, on a football scholarship. At Wittenberg, he also sang in the choir. In 1959, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Erlangen, Germany, where he perfected the German he had learned growing up in his childhood home. He returned to the United States to attend Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio, subsequently serving in two churches in Ashland, Ohio, and Joliet, Illinois, before returning to graduate school at the University of Chicago. Following this, he was as a professor at Mt. Airy Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for nine years, and is fondly remembered by students fro that era. In 1978, he moved to Long Island, New York, where he led the Queens Lutheran Coalition, serving in several churches and working as a pastoral counselor. At age 50, he went to law school at Queens College and practiced law on Long Island until his retirement in 2010.

He spent his short retirement years in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Having several relatives who farmed, his dream had been to experience farm life before his final day. Living at Fearrington Village enabled him to realize this dream.

Preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Alice Streich, and his sister, Margery (Clement) Streich. He is survived by his wife of 36+ years, Gail (Crampton) Streich, as well as three children: Charles R. Streich, III (Madeline) of Louisville, Kentucky, Amy Cohn Bell, and Katie Savelli (Christian) of Chapel Hill; four granddaughters, Alison (Jeff), Jennifer (Jon), Lindsay, Alexa; two great grandsons, Roland and Daniel; his sister and her spouse, Dr. William and Marci (Streich) Prudlow of Brookfield, Wiscopnsin; and his first wife, Julie Lentz of Chapel Hill, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Indian Graduate Center, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc.

from The News & Observer, August 9, 2015

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