LCM went to the Region 9 LSM retreat in early November, along with Virginia Tech, USC, Winthrop, UNC, and Lenoir Rhyne at Luther Rock. We gathered Friday night for introduction and greetings. On Saturday we had team building exercises with people from different schools, and participated in two service projects around the camp. Some of our group worked indoors on painting, and the rest of the group went to work on maintaining one of the trails that is located in the camp. We spent the afternoon playing cards, going on hikes, and watching the Clemson and Virginia Tech games on TV. That night we broke into small groups and discussed the events of the day. The campus pastor from Virginia Tech led us in devotion that night and we wrote down what we thought of when we heard certain words such as God, Jesus, and Heaven. We talked and played games the rest of the night, and had a worship service Sunday morning before coming back to Clemson. It was a fun experience, meeting many people from a lot of schools around the southeast.
Homecoming weekend was one to celebrate with LCM as alumnus Rev. Frank Honeycutt joined us as our fall visiting theologian. His name is fairly recognizable as he has written several books and is regularly featured in "The Lutheran" magazine. It was quite the treat to have him give the sermon at both the 8 and 11am services. But the most intriguing conversation happened during Sunday school hour when he led a discussion titled: "Reading Jesus in America: Why biblical fluency matters." It was a great opportunity for all students to learn through a new perspective.
LCM students took their annual trip out to the Sanders' Abundant Blessings Farm on a chilly October afternoon, where we competed in cornhole matches, huddled around a bonfire, and roasted marshmallows for s'mores. At the Hayride I was again reminded of the LCM community that I cherish so much. Students, congregation members, and children all gathered around the fire to share stories and jokes. We were having so much fun that we even forgot to carve our pumpkins! The Sanders' Hayride has been one of my favorite LCM events, and it is a tradition that I will never forget.