Holiday Faculty Home Tour


Faculty Home Christmas Tour is this Sunday, December 14, 2014. We will meet in the President’s Room in the Quad at 6:30pm, then visit four faculty homes in small groups. The faculty wives share their holiday trips, their decorations and their traditions. After the tours, we meet back at the President’s Room for hot drinks and caroling. Please join us for a fun evening.

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Easter Eggstravaganza


Bring your Easter baskets, your kiddos, and your cameras over to the Quad area Saturday morning, April 12, at 9am to hunt for Easter eggs!

SWA Publicity Chair, Rachel Schmidt

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Women in Community: Seminary and Beyond!

Women of seminary!

Mark your calendars for a women’s conference event made especially for you. Saturday, March 29, 9am – 11am. Get your questions about ministry and first call answered, listen to speakers in the fields of ministry and fellowship with your seminary friends. Light continental breakfast provided and there are no conference fees. Join us, we look forward to seeing you!

Rachel Schmidt

Publicity Chair

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May I ask a question?


We have so many questions! Such as…Where will we be called? What will my church expect of me? Will I be able to find a good friend? etc.

Starting this weekend, you can ask your questions! Located near the re-sell shop and the food bank are two anonymous Question Boxes.

  1. Ask your question pertaining to seminary life, first call, or ministry
  2. Drop them in the box
  3. Mark your calendars  for Sat. March 29 for a conference created especially for you – Women in Community: Seminary and Beyond!

More details to come.

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Game Night

GamenightGame on!

Ladies, you are invited to come over this weekend to Loeber II for a casual evening of games, snacks, and fellowship! Bring a favorite game, a snack, and a friend!

Details:  Loeber II – Sunday 1/19 – 7:00Pm-9:00Pm

See you there!

Rachel Schmidt, SWA Publicity Chair


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Knowing What to Expect

What have I gotten myself into? My dear, sister seminarian wives often mutter this very question in their thoughts or to each other. We are all searching for a glimpse into what this new life as the wife of a pastor will entail. Yet the coveted answer to the question is never the same. No two “pastor’s wife” experiences are the same. Yet in the telling of each story, there are some commonalities, some help. And as we hear the stories, we find a great peace – that we are not alone in this.

I posed the following question to one pastor’s wife: What is one thing you wish you knew before becoming a pastor’s wife? Here is her answer.

Answer: I wish I had known the whole story.
My first response when posed this question was, I wish I had known LESS.  I was really pretty scared when my husband made the decision to enter the pastoral ministry.  I had grown up “in the fish bowl,” steeped in full time ministry life.  My dad was the principal of our Lutheran day school and we lived in church housing next door to the school.  Our pastor and his family lived next door to us.  My grandfather was the Pastor at a sister congregation.  All five of my uncles were ordained ministers.  It was not unusual to hear me or one of my female cousins say, “I will never marry a full time church worker.”

I had heard many conversations throughout my young life that had made me aware of the challenges that God’s full time servants face.  But this left me with only part of the story.  I was confident that the ministry my husband was entering was the Lord’s and that God would bless it in spite of us.  I was nevertheless terribly nervous about facing those challenges I had heard about and witnessed all my life.  What I did not know is what a blessing it would be to watch as God worked in our lives and the lives of others BECAUSE of those challenges.

That is the other part of the story.  Yes, ministry has its challenges, some rather unique to ministry families.  What I wish I had known and want you to know, is what a privilege it is to witness God’s answers to prayer, especially His timing, on a daily basis.  The times that God provided for our physical and financial needs were many.  Often receiving the means before the need even arose.  His Spirit worked in our hearts and minds even when we didn’t recognize it.  I cannot tell you how many times I would ask myself “Why am I not more upset about this?”  God’s peace truly does surpass our understanding.

My husband’s 27 years in ministry have not been trouble or challenge free.  We do live in the world after the fall.  Our sinful flesh has caused us pain and brought us to our knees more times than I want to admit.  However, watching God use His means to provide for us and all his saints has been beyond a blessing.  It has been true joy.

God bless you as you enter the challenging and joy filled life of the Formal Ministry.  Your joy and peace will not come from knowing what to expect, but from knowing that it is God’s ministry and He walks with you every step of the way.

In His Grip,

Your Sister in Christ

written anonymously

edited by Rachel Schmidt



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On your mark… get set….

I grew up in a very funny family. Not dysfunctional/funny (well, that too, but that’s another blog) but hilarious/funny. My husband can always tell when I’m on the phone with one of my brothers or sisters because of the raucous laughter coming from the room. “What’s so funny?” he’ll ask. “Everything he says!” I’ll say.

We spent lots of time playing games inside and out when we were growing up. One of our favorite jokes came at the beginning of a race of any sort. We’d be lined up, muscles tense, anticipating the explosion of energy to get off the line first. The starter would call out, “On your mark…..Geeeeeeht seeeht……..WAIT!”  and we’d fall all over ourselves unable to stop the forward lean. It was best when it happened two or three times in a row. By the time he actually yelled “GO!” we looked like storks trying to get our legs to cooperate enough with our brains to actually run.

It’s March at the seminary, and I feel like a stork.

Most of us who are awaiting vicarage assignments and calls to ministries and congregations are standing at the starting line, muscles tense, anticipating the announcement of our calls into service. Church district reps are buzzing around campus, professors are in conferences with hopefuls, meeting after meeting (after meeting) of “Don’t forget this, or this, or THIS when you go to your new ministry.” Many of us have had interviews and Skype calls. Some of us have even visited interested congregations. We’ve lined up at the starting blocks, and focused on the finish line just a short distance away. But the official information won’t be revealed until May 1st.

“On your mark….Geeeeeht seeeht….WAIT!”

I have to admit, I’m a very bad waiter. Not the restaurant kind, just the life kind. I hate December all the way up until the 24th. I don’t want to be reminded about the coming vacation until the day before we leave, it’s time to pack and the plane is on the runway. Patience is definitely not one of my virtues. Yet this is how life works. Things take time; the seasons themselves remind us of that.

I’ve discovered that waiting is sort of like Sabbath. I am forced to slow down, rein in my frustration, value the moment for any sacredness I can wring from it, and stop to savor the things that go unnoticed when I strain forward toward the next goal. Every moment waiting is a chance to be still, regain peace, center my thoughts on Christ’s provision and grace, while enjoying a view of the future He has designed for me.

“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

On your mark….get set….wait on the Lord.

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