Week 4! 

Yoohoo, everyone!! Welcome back to the Lutheran Lowdown!

The root'nist, toot'nist Lutheran email in all the West! 
(and also the east and south and north)

I think I'm going to keep that tagline for every Lowdown because wow, what a fun introduction!

 I miss you all and am wishing that we could be together. Dreaming of a day where we can gather and hug again. 

I am hoping to try to start another section of the Lowdown so I don't feel like such a heathen having by having only jokes but no prayers or Bible study if you have anything God-related or if you have prayer concerns-please send them my way! They can be book or movie thought provoking questions...I will start a new column of the Lowdown so we can remember who & whose we are as we go through this crazy life together! 

If you missed the last Lutherhaus-never fear!! We will have our next Lutherhaus THIS SATURDAY!!! Be there or a be square! ALSO-as per our normal schedule-we have Holden tonight! It is online this time, and we will have more info on that down below.
We'll leave the light on for you, as Motel 6 would say. 

We have a weekly schedule for you, but not before our long awaited GET TO KNOW YOU SECTION!!!!!!!!

Let's introduce each other!!!


Meet the Pals/Meet the Family!

We want to get to know the REAL you! While we are online this year, we want to get to know the faces (and love) of this group, so we are having this section of the Lowdown showcase our Lutheran Group family!!
If you did not get me a bio & picture in time, that's ok! Just send them to me at and we'll get you in for the next week's Lowdown! CAN'T WAIT!!
(for pete's sake you all are famous)


The Returning Family:


"I am an MDiv Senior from the great state of Minnesota, which means my latest covid related grief is missing out on the best state fair in the land these past few weeks, and that I tried to make a deep-friend snickers bar to "have the state farm experience" yesterday... On an unrelated note my kitchen is a disaster. Pre-seminary I was a YAGM volunteer in Cambodia for a year and a middle school youth director, so if you love fish sauce or singing songs around a campfire, you are not alone. I love the WI Badgers, hiking, traveling, sourdough baking (I did this before covid made it cool, I promise), and eating spicy food. The pup in my pic is Jordy, she is perfect in every way but unfortunately I'm told she's "technically" my parent's dog because they "pay for her life" so she lives in Minnesota, at least for now."

"Hey everyone! I’m Missy, an MDiv senior and the VP of TLG at PTS. I am seeking ordination in the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod, but I call many places “home,” including Nashville, Milwaukee, Brazil, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. I enjoy listening to podcasts, speaking Spanish and Portuguese, amassing more books than I could ever possibly read, discussing Christology and the Doctrine of God with Arminians, and dancing in front of my mirror to Africa by Toto. I can’t wait to get to know all of you!!"


"Hi all, I am Wing, a second-year Mdiv/MACEF student. I grew up in a Lutheran church in Hong Kong. I am an ambivert. Loves fine food and wine. Reading a book with a cup of hand-drip coffee (indie music at the back) is my go-to rainy day. This year, I am also the treasurer of the Asian Association at PTS. Last but not least, as you can see from the photo, I love anime."

Hey guys, I'm Becca, and I'll be serving as Treasurer of the Lutheran Group this year. I'm a third-year in the MDiv/MACEF program, and I'm originally from Milwaukee, WI. I hope to meet you all in person soon!

Jeremy (they/them) is in the MDiv/MACEF program and is an ELCA pastoral candidate. They have a love for teaching, ministry & justice. A direct quote from Jeremy was, “Wengert made me Lutheran”.
Similar to gender neutral pronouns, they prefer gender neutral descriptors rather than gendered descriptors. An example of this would be Mx instead of Mr. and Zhr instead of Sir!


I am the face behind the Lowdown! I am a huge extrovert (borderline extreme) and I love running and hiking and being with people. I LOVE camp ministry and my two fave bible stories (if we’re allowed to have them?) is Jesus & Peter walking on water, as well as the story of the Samaritan woman at the well! At any given moment I would almost always rather be outside (I think I’m just an oversized plant that needs a LOT of sunshine). I am from North Dakota but have also called South Dakota & Virginia home! My favorite foods are ice cream, macaroni & cheese, as well as french fries. My favorite color is blue and I am a chronic overstayer but I also love inviting people into my space and hoping they overstay as well so we can talk about everything in the world!! I love reading but would rather watch and quote the same movies over & over. My picture is a collage that gives a pretty good representation of me; normal on my favorite hike, or not normal and pretending to be Dwight from the Office.


Our New Family:

"I’m Victoria Callahan Giger. I also go by Tori. I’m a first year in the M.Div program seeking ordination in the ELCA. I have been a lifelong Lutheran!! I am so excited to meet everyone! I have worked in Lutheran Outdoor ministry for the past five summers at Camp Mount Luther in central PA. I love hiking, camping and hammocking!
This is me and my husband Kaleb at Camp Mount Luther where we were married on August 22, 2020!" 

-St. Olaf College Class of 2016 (Psych and Exercise Science)
-Princeton Theological Seminary M.Div. Class of 2019
-Princeton Theological Seminary incoming Ph.D. student in Pastoral Theology
-Seeking approval status as Minister of Word in Service in ELCA 
-Avid runner, choir singer, and jokester

"This is me at one of my favorite places in the world... somewhere in the middle of Madagascar. It’s quiet and strikingly beautiful. It’s a place to swim, to hike, to process all that life has dealt you and to dwell in the presence of God and your community. All of my favorite and most restorative things happened here once a year over the last five. I did not leave this graceful place with dry eyes."

"I was a financial analyst near St. Paul, MN, for a year after graduating from St. Olaf College before sensing a call to ministry. I decided to leave the finance world to seek ordination in the ELCA. I'm passionate about helping people to grow in their faith and pursue Christ more than anything else, especially in a world where faith no longer seems relevant and many have been hurt or rejected by church. Besides this, I love playing tennis, mountain biking, and reading."

"I'm attaching a picture of myself and my cat, Theo, in our 2020 moods. Mine is pretty self-evident, and his is mostly excitement about me being home more with nothing to do but pay attention to him. I was torn, because I like to think I'm actually a pretty happy, excitable person, which is definitely not reflected in this picture, but it's recent and relevant and you get a cute cat out of the deal! I'm excited to meet everyone, in whatever form it takes!"

Our Deferred (but still valid!) Family!
"I was supposed to be studying at PTS this year, but decided, due to the pandemic, to defer my enrollment and complete my “Lutheran Year” this year at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Alas, I shall start my studies at PTS next fall. I recently graduated from the ELCA affiliated Wartburg College, where I studied religion. I am a candidate for ordination in the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA. I currently reside in my parent’s basement and am really “living into” the persona of the “college graduate living in their parent’s basement.” 
I love learning, especially about biblical and theological studies. I hope to pursue doctoral work after my Mdiv and become a New Testament Scholar. I really like church, and I really like community. While I am not present physically or academically for this year, I would still love to be a part of this community as much as possible for this year.  This picture (which was taken during my visit to PTS this past February) shows a few fun things about myself. 1. I love pizza. 2. I like flannels. 3. I have gone bungee jumping (I got my shirt for free when I did it in New Zealand). 4. I think I am pretty fun and a little weird. I can’t wait to meet you all."

Our Professor Family!
Dr. Reichel:
“I am Hanna Reichel (they/them), I am originally from Martin Luther’s own country and now teach (and learn!) Reformed Theology in these strange lands. But since Reformation has to do with allowing oneself to be reformed again and again by God’s grace and word, I guess that’s fine. Hot takes: IPA is not real beer, Karl Barth and Marcella Althaus-Reid go together quite well, and Mark (without the fake ending) is the best gospel.”




Every 2 weeks, we have a fun brunch event on Saturdays called Lutherhaus! It is sort of like a fun Bible study but also sometimes a book study! Whichever one it is at any given week(Bible study or book study)- it is always a place where we can gather and be together and be in community!
Our next Lutherhaus is THIS SATURDAY!!!!! What an amazing life we live!!!!!
Our wonderful chaplain Jeremy is ready to rock & roll as our chaplain in leading an awesome study so we can't wait to see you! 



Weekly Schedule

Monday, September 21 @5:15: Holden Evening Prayer (ONLINE) 
(Please respond to this email or email me at for the link!!) (technical difficulties at the time of the making of this email are resulting in the lack of a link)

Tuesday, September 22: You are loved

Wednesday, September 23: You are cared for (and loved)

Thursday, September 24: You are valued (and loved)

Friday, September 25: You are loved (a lot)

Saturday, September 26: Lutherhaus!

Join us for Lutherhaus at 10:30 AM Saturday!
Meeting number (access code): 172 243 1878
Meeting password: YVySYJJc553


Welcome to the Chuckle Bucket!

So today I was going through the Lutheran Group email to check for everyone who has sent me pictures & bios (etc) when I went to the junk mail. There were weeks (if not months) of Lutheran Lowdowns in our OWN GROUP'S EMAIL JUNK MAIL!!! that is the joke. For real...I'm begging you to send jokes!

However, while we pass the time no jokes & me having used up all my known recipes, I have a true story!

In high school, there was a competition to win scholarships every round of the speech you got through, and I was PUMPED! I loved giving speeches and I really wanted to win some scholarship money. 
However, the date slipped my mom's mind, and she scheduled my dentist appointment on the same day as the speech, but once we realized the conflict, we didn't feel the need to change the appointment due to the fact I was only going in to the dentist for a routine cleaning. 
It wasn't until we were at the dentist (we used to have to go to a different town to go to any sort of doctor-so we can't just make multiple appointments on different days) that they found a cavity in my mouth, and since it was a quick-fix, they decided to fix it right then and there. 
It was that day that we all realized I was allergic to whatever type of numbing chemicals they used, and I lost feeling in the complete left side of my face!

As it turns out, I won the speech competition (woohoo!) and had to take a picture for the county paper. It was a few days later that the editor of the paper came into the school and told me that they were NOT about to print that picture in the paper! He gave me a copy to remember that silly day by, but I cannot thank that man enough for not letting that picture be printed in the paper. 
Here is the only photo evidence left of that fateful day. 
(I've never gotten dental work done on an important day ever again!) 



That story was all I could muster! No Recipe this week! Sorry, folks! Tune in next week for more fun!



 See you next week for more fun and information about the Lutheran Group. Send your tips & tricks (recipes and jokes) to me at or!

President: Lindsay Bates
Vice President: Missy Roberts
Secretary: Hayley Moe
Treasurer: Becca Laabs
Chaplain: Jeremy Lambson
Faculty Advisor: Rev. Dr. Dennis Olson

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