Thursday, January 19, 2012

Free Days at the Magic House for 2012

The Magic House in Kirkwood is one of the top attractions in the St. Louis area. What makes the popular children's museum even better is getting in for free! Here is the current list of free days at the Magic House for 2012:
Free Family Nights 2012 - On the third Friday of each month, two adults and four children per family can get free admission from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
January 20
February 17
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Food Gem

One of our wonderful seminary wives, Debbie Hunsaker, was inspired by a friend and has taken on a interesting fun task of blogging about their food pantry eating adventures. Coincidentally, July has been dubbed "no spend month" and she is only using the the things in their pantry. So, the things there would most likely come from the Seminary Food Bank and/or previously purchased foods.  Needless to say, if you are wondering how you can survive making meals for your spouse, family, or just yourself while at seminary, then Debbie gives you a quick look into their lives during "no spend month."

If you feel so inclined, check out the Hunsaker Food Pantry Eating Adventures during "no spend month" here:

Also Debbie recommends this site for great, tried, and true Family recipes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer School Welcome

Around the first of June every year a number of students begin their journey of formation into pastors or deaconesses. Students travel from all over the United States and some even come from overseas to receive this training to become professional church workers.

FundamentalGreekOn June 12, representatives from various parts of campus life welcomed this year’s Summer School students at the Second Annual Summer School Welcome Party in the Meyer Meadow. Our hostess and host for the evening were the esteemed Mrs. Meyer and Ferdie. Summer School classes are compiled of Fundamental Greek (10 weeks), Christian Doctrine (2 weeks), Old Testament Overview (2 weeks), and New Testament Overview (2 weeks). The Greek students start their classes first while the remaining three courses begin mid July in an every two week sequence until the end of the summer session. The evening started off with a sprinkling of rain, but things cleared up just in time for the festivities to begin. Rev. Kyle Castens was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening introducing Chaplain Stein for an opening prayer.introductions After prayer, Rev. Castens introduced a few faces from Admissions, Enrollment, the Registrar’s office, and current students that our new community members will be interacting with over the coming months.
The current students in attendance provide a real life link to answering honest questions about what is ahead of them. Yes, Greek is hard. Yes, it will challenge you in ways that you never thought you could be challenged. Yes, life as you know it will change. You will grow with your classmates through study sessions, working out in the gym, and various campus events. The student representatives also serve notice that 10 weeks of Greek is a mountain that is conquerable. In some cases we are the voice of reason when it comes to how important learning the biblical languages is to their formation. Did you know the success rate of formation students who take 10 weeks of Fundamental Greek is 99.1%?
oschwaldMidway through the night Rev. Castens introduced the “Skipper” who would navigate these formation students through the sometimes stormy waters of Summer Greek. Dr. Jeffrey Oschwald has taken on the task of being that “Skipper” and he quickly provided them with sage advice, “Do stay up late celebrating, there will be work to do tomorrow.”
By my count there were 16 Greek students in attendance. Some brought wives and children as well. At the end of their 10 weeks all will understand various sayings like the following:
“Greek is a thinking man’s language”
“Greek is like drinking water through a fire hose”
“Greek makes grown men cry”
“Parsing will save your life”
“<insert any word here> comes from two Greek words”
There were other things that happen that night like meeting new people, roasting marshmallows, and the kids feeding Ferdie an awful lot of graham crackers.

At the time of this blog posting the Summer Greek students have completed their first week and have nine more to go. At the end of their journey they can and will participate in the time honored tradition of jumping in the campus fountain. If any of the students are reading this just take a gander of some of your predecessors…
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley

Ding, ding, ding went the bell.......

As of April 1, St. Louisians can now hear trolley clangs and bangs navigating throughout Forest Park as part of the latest effort to ease traffic congestion through St. Louis' "Crown Jewel." The trolley route begins at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Metrolink Station. The trolley will run daily from 9am to 5pm, with extended hours until 7pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The trolley will run every 20 minutes making stops at the Visitor's Center, Zoo, Grand Basin, Missouri History Museum, Art Museum, Boathouse, Muny, Jewel Box, Steinberg Rink and the Science Center. A one-day pass is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Kids 5 and younger ride for free.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Admission Deadline

It is hard to believe that we are getting close to another admission deadline. March 31st is coming up right around the corner, so if you are considering coming to the Seminary this coming summer or fall, please contact me right away. You can e-mail me at, or phone me at 1-800-822-9545.

Rev. Castens

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Eagle Days

Road Trips for Families website selected Eagle Days in St. Louis, MO as one of the Top 10 Winter Festivals in the nation. Eagle Days is scheduled at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge for January 15-16.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge was constructed in 1929 and quickly became part of historic Route 66. Now, one of the world's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges, it's also the site of Eagle Days. During the winter, the bald eagles come to feed on the Mississippi River, and form one of the largest concentrations of the birds in North America. The bridge is prime viewing area for the majestic visitors. There will also be a live eagle education program, living history demonstrations featuring Lewis and Clark re-enactors, and the always-popular warming tent activities that include art projects for the kiddos. Check out for more information.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Christmas to all the World

We here at Concordia Seminary pray the Lord Jesus Christ, born for your forgiveness, your life,your salvation, would give to you His peace which surpasses all human understanding. We thank the Lord that we have seen His salvation, and now rejoice:

"Rejoice! Rejoice!"

Emmanuel shall come to Thee, O Israel!"