Happy March!

Lent Week 2


This semester the Chaplain Team will be going through the Gospel of Luke concentrating on the theme Te Veo which means “I See You” in Spanish. For the second week of Lent we are focusing on the passage Luke 7:11-17:

11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” 17 This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Previously in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has healed a centurion’s sick slave. Now, Jesus triumphs over an even greater enemy- death. Yet, Jesus’ action as well as the crowds’ response is especially important during our Lenten initiative.

First, Jesus’ compassion extends wholeheartedly to the grieving mother. Having recently lost my grandma, I am acutely aware of death’s sting. However, in Luke’s story, the natural order is reversed! The old mourns the young. As a childless widow she has no way of supporting herself, but Jesus responds to mend this bleak situation.

Once more, our hope for resurrection must be grounded in the one who “had compassion” to bring back the widow’s son. It does not stem from our actions; neither the mother nor her son appear particular pious. There is no explicit mention of their faith as in the previous story of the centurion (Luke 7:9). Rather, resurrection is an act of love from an active, loving God.

Finally, God is glorified and Jesus is labeled a “great prophet.” Nevertheless, this term is not reductionistic; labeling Jesus a prophet does not devalue Jesus’ identity as Messiah. Luke’s portrayal is overwhelmingly positive. We do well to remember that while Jesus is frequently much more than a prophet, he is never anything less than one. During this Season of Lent we are invited to reconsider Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?” (Luke 9:20).

Here are some questions to think about:

How are you spiritually dead and in need of resuscitation?
What does it mean to rely on God’s abundant compassion?
How do you respond to seeing God’s work in the world?

These are obviously difficult questions, yet important ones. For the remainder of Lent I invite you to weep like the widow, speak life like Jesus, and celebrate the coming resurrection this story foreshadows.

Seth Roseman

SAB “Step Up” Themed Dance/DJ Competiton Friday!

A free dance will be hosted by SAB this Friday night starting at 8pm in the Union. Come out and show your best moves!


Spring Concert 2015

Hello everyone! SAB is excited to announce that for the Spring 2015 concert,  Ben Rector will be performing here at Messiah for a solo acoustic show on March 28th, 2015! What’s more exciting? He’ll be in Parmer Hall, SAB’s FIRST ever concert in the High Center! Spread the word and lookout for details at https://www.facebook.com/messiahcollegesab!

Commuter Lockers Still Available!

The commuter lounge is a great place to relax, study, or even catch a few winks! It is located in the basement of Hoffman Hall and is reserved strictly for commuters. The lounge is open daily from 6 a.m. – Midnight.

A limited number of lockers are available for use in the commuter lounge.  Lockers are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  To use one for the duration of the academic year, contact Sheryl at silp@messiah.edu, ext 5240, or stop by her office in the Larsen Student Union in the Student Involvement & Leadership Programs suite.

Deadline approaching for off-campus study

The deadline to apply for Messiah approval to study off-campus Spring 2016 is April 1, 2015. Students must complete all pre-approval items in Terra Dotta in order to be considered for approval.

To start an application, go to https://intercultural.messiah.edu/. If you have questions, please contact the Intercultural Office intercultural@messiah.edu or X2131. If you would like more information or assistance with the application process, please feel free to schedule an appointment at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0949afad2ba75-advising.

Box Top Drive

Please join Downey School this March by collecting General Mills Box Tops to benefit Downey Elementary School! Collection boxes can be found around campus at the Student Union, Eisenhower and the Library. To learn more about Together for Tomorrow and Messiah’s partnership with Downey school, visit our website at bitly.com/togetherfortomorrow. For additional information about Together for Tomorrow or the Box Top Drive, please contact Jaylene Nissley at tftcoord@messiah.edu.

Summer Student Jobs on Campus

The Campus Events Department is hiring student workers for this summer beginning May 13th and ending August 29th to help support the summer conference programs here on campus. We have jobs available in the residence halls, academic buildings (three shifts) and in Laundry Services.

Eligible students must be registered at Messiah College for the fall 2015 semester. The summer is 16 weeks long and we are looking for students who can work 14 out of the 16 weeks at 40 hours per week with two weeks of unpaid vacation. Please keep in mind if you need more than two weeks off, we will only consider you if we cannot fill all of the positions with students who meet all the criteria.

Job descriptions can be found at jobs.messiah.edu. Once there you may need to create an account for yourself (if you haven’t already) then choose the job you are interested in and complete the application.

If you would like more information on this opportunity please contact Denise at dblackley@messiah.edu

Public Speaking for Scholarship

Do you enjoy public speaking? Do you care about peace? Could you use $250? If so, please enter Messiah’s “Speak Out for Peace” contest sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies program.

The campus wide contest will take place on April 27th at 4:00 PM in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). Prizes are 1st: $250; 2nd : $100; 3rd: $50. The First Place winner will be entered into a bi-national competition and will compete for further prize monies and a scholarship.

Speeches should correspond to a manuscript no longer than 1500 words, which should be submitted to Dr. George Pickens no later than April 20th. For more information, email gpickens@messiah.edu.


Swinging Bridge Magazine


The Pulse is pleased to announce The Swinging Bridge Magazine! SGA’s Student Senate approved the Pulse’s proposal to switch The Swinging Bridge‘s format from a bi-weekly newspaper to a monthly magazine publication.

The dedicated Pulse team is excited to create a great, new product and we cannot wait to present the first edition of The Swinging Bridge Magazine on Thursday, April 30th, 2015! What would you like to see in the magazine? Let us know at thepulse@messiah.edu or connect with us on social media!

The final edition of The Swinging Bridge newspaper will be Thursday, April 16th, 2015.

Have questions or want to learn more information about The Swinging Bridge Magazine? Visit www.pulse.messiah.edu/the-swinging-bridge-magazine/!

Want to be a Pulse volunteer or writer? We welcome students of all majors and are always looking for students who are passionate about writing, photography, film, radio, and live-tweeting! As a Pulse volunteer, you can be involved with all the Pulse’s products: The Swinging Bridge Magazine, www.swingingbridge.messiah.edu, The Beat Magazine, Live from the Yellow Room, The Clarion Yearbook, WVMM 90.7 Pulse FM , and social media. E-mail us atthepulse@messiah.edu!


Pilates Classes!

The Wellness Program will be offering two spring Pilates classes. Here’s the scoop.
1. Both classes will run for 7 weeks.
2. Both classes have a one-time fee of $20.00 ($2.85 per class!)
3. Both classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning March 25.
4. The first class will meet from 4:30-5:15 and will be taught by Erika Fisher- a Pilates-certified senior APHS student
5. The second class will meet from 5:15-6:00 and will be taught by Mindy Smith- a Pilates-certified adjunct HHP professor

Sign-ups will begin immediately in the fitness center. Please do not come to register during the times Wellness classes meet (M,W,F: 8-9 AM, 12:40-1:40 PM; 1:50-2:50 PM)

Space is limited so sign up today!


SAB Lost Films Presents: Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal. Nightcrawler. This weekend. Lost Films. Check it out.

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