From President Phil Krey - Advent 2013

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President Krey

Dear Seminary Friends:

As the calendar year draws to a close, a new church year begins as we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the seminary we have been celebrating a good year in God’s grace.

At this writing, René and I have just come from the dedication of Conference Room 217 in The Brossman Learning Center as the Addie J. Butler Room. This dedication was the idea of our fine alumnus the Rev. Gordon Simmons, and appropriately celebrates Addie’s remarkable life of service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, and our seminary. Her prayer is that the room will serve to inspire our present and future seminarians to lead lives of service in the name of Christ.

Much wonderful reading is in this issue of PS Portions. There is a fine profile of Dr. Butler. I am especially proud of the reference to a letter from the Chestnut Hill College campus ministry director expressing deep appreciation to us for the campus hospitality and service rendered at this year’s Interfaith Hospitality Network Empty Bowl Dinner event by our dedicated student leaders, facilities, and catering staff. Our Associate Admissions Director, Matthew O’Rear, was also mentioned by name. They richly deserve the gratitude of our community, and it is nice to see how much a relative stranger came to be so grateful.

We had one of the finest December faculty meetings in which Professor Timothy Wengert prayed for us and blessed us with his Advent devotion, which focused on a God of grace and mercy and not a judging God. Tim’s farewell lecture and generous gift to the seminary are highlighted in a summary in this issue of Portions. After the faculty meeting, the day ended with a fine Advent/Christmas gathering at the President’s home, an event featuring sumptuous covered dishes and wonderful conversation.

Earlier in the week, I met with the Executive Committee of the Student Body, and they reported that the spirit of our students is very good. On December 7, the evening and weekend students had a great covered dish luncheon filled with good cheer, and on December 20 the whole campus will gather in fun and fellowship around good food.

We had a lovely Advent Vespers and reception Sunday, December 8, even though we missed many of our friends because, as a seasonal song “Let It Snow” suggests, “the weather outside was frightful.”

As the year draws to a close we miss our recently departed friends, Larry House and Lois La Croix. So many of you remembered them with gifts and cards in their memory. We remember them as you also remember those whom you have lost.

As our retiring Professor Wengert blessed us, so we ask God’s blessings upon you in this season of Advent as we await God’s grace in the gift of God’s son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,

Philip D.W. Krey

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