In this edition of Meet our Missions, read about the student ministry at Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS) in Pittsburgh, PA.
By Rev. Eric R. Andræ, Campus Pastor, Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS)/First Trinity Church
So what exactly does Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS) – Pittsburgh do? Below is an example of the student ministry that not only touches lives, but changes lives.
Queen (not her real name), a former University of Pittsburgh graduate student from China, was an atheist when she arrived here. After we met at an on-campus Graduate Student Orientation Fair, she started attending worship and was aided in her understanding by the simple structure and uniformity of the Lutheran liturgy; she also found that the people at First Trinity “care for each one’s life, thinking, problems. So more and more students visit this church and stay because we have found our home in both physical sense and spiritual sense.” On Christmas Eve, Queen was baptized!
The Lutheran Student Fellowship reaches out to college students on several campuses in the Pittsburgh, PA area, such as the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Point Park University, Duquesne University, and others. Here is a sample of the programs available to students:
- The second Saturday of each month, students get together for a meal and games or a movie or a pit-fire, etc.
- Each Wednesday they study God’s Word and break bread together, with supper at 7:30 p.m.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered.
- Sometimes rides are provided to church or other events.
- Sunday Divine Service, daily morning prayer, mid-week evening prayer.
- Local and international mission and service projects.
- International Student Ministry (ISM).
- And so much more!
Pastor Eric R. Andræ (S.T.M., Lic.) is the ISM Director and Chaplain. Because he holds a dual citizenship, he can relate and identify with the international community.
Making students feel welcome is a priority in this ministry, as well as meeting their needs. (See this article in Lutherans Engage.) For more information, feel free to contact Rev. Eric R. Andræ at LCMS Campus Ministry at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA. Call (412) 683-4121, visit their web site, http://lsfpgh.com/, and like them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/LSFofPGH/
If you have a mission or ministry story you’d like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org.