Entries by Leah Matzke

. . . you add your thumbprint to a Luther’s Seal mural.

As part of the Reformation 500 celebration, students contributed their thumbprints to a Luther’s Seal mural outside Wittenberg Auditorium. AIM, the Art in Ministry club at MLC, facilitated this project. For one week in October 2017, students like Eric Dorn (Illinois LHS / Trinity-Crete IL, pictured) lined up after morning chapel, dipped their fingers in […]

. . . you play predawn Reformation hymns from the roof.

Christian Willick (LPS / St. John-Wauwatosa WI) and Jacob Klug (Lakeside / St. John-Juneau WI) organized the ensemble that braved freezing temperatures to wake up the campus with Reformation hymns for the campus Reformation 500 festival. They played on the Luther Student Center roof.

. . . you come from behind to get the victory.

“We had a crazy come-from-behind victory in the fifth set,” says Taylor Weber (KML / Bethlehem-Germantown WI, the libero in red). “We were losing 14-7, and then we came back to top the Bethany Vikings 16-14. It was the most thrilling game I have ever played in, and I’ve never felt so proud to be […]

. . . you can speak only Spanish.

Students on immersion trips pledge to speak only Spanish (or Chinese if they’ve landed further east). Julia Schibbelhut (Luther HS / St. Paul-Onalaska WI), Faith Otte (Nebraska LHS / Bethel-York NE), and Annie Russell (MLS / Emanuel First-Lansing MI) took the pledge and made the trip to Argentina, and it increased their fluency and their […]

. . . you preach your first chapel sermon.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process of preaching for chapel from start to finish,” says Phil Waldschmidt (LPS / St. Jacobi-Greenfield WI). “There’s something so special about an honest, straightforward discussion, first with God in his Word, then with myself, then with God’s people. Did it seem a little scary at first? Yes! Did I get […]

. . . you take selfies with Martin Luther.

The “Back to the Luther” Homecoming theme sent students scrambling across campus to take pictures with MLC icons, including the Luther bust in the library. Lucy Matteucci (CLHS / Living Hope-Wildomar CA, pictured right) says, “I loved that history was mixed in with our campus life in this event. We don’t realize that history is […]

. . . you spell the Hebrew word shofar with balloons.

MLC preseminary students—often called SPAMmers because they’re enrolled in Studies in Pastoral Ministry (SPaM)—meet regularly for fun and mutual encouragement at SPaM gatherings. Isaac Hayes (pictured far left) explains: “The purpose of these gatherings is the brotherhood and fellowship with our fellow brothers who are on the pastor track—not just among the students, but the […]

. . . you hear where you’re assigned on Call Day.

Their faces say it all. In May 2017 Amber Zibrowski (MVL / Mt. Olive-Mankato MN) and Seth Zoellner (St. Croix LHS / Bloomington-Bloomington MN) heard they were called to the Milwaukee area, Amber to St. Lucas-Milwaukee and Seth to Trinity-Waukesha. The couple was married in July. The Call Service is a worship service like none […]

. . . you get more than you give.

“I really enjoy going to the nursing home with Anchor,” says Bethany Lisowski (Luther HS / St. Matthew-Winona MN, pictured in the striped shirt). Anchor, one of many MLC student organizations, is dedicated to gospel-motivated service. Meetings are held once a week, and students can sign up to help with activities. “We usually do a […]